Arteriolosclerosis and Getting Disability
Arteries are blood vessels that take oxygen and nutrients from your heart to all of the rest of your body. Healthy arteries are strong, elastic and flexible. With the passage of time, however, excessive pressure in your arteries can cause the walls of your arteries to become stiff and thick. When this occurs, it can restrict blood flow to your organs and tissues. This process is called arteriosclerosis or hardening of the arteries.
There are two medical terms that are often used interchangeably. They are arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis, however, is really a specific kind of arteriosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is the hardening of an artery that results specifically from the buildup of plaque. Plaque is a fatty deposit that builds up inside of the wall of an artery.
There is a third medical term that is similar in spelling, yet it is distinct from the two terms that have just been mentioned in both spelling and meaning. Arteriolosclerosis is the medical term that is used to refer to the hardening of arterioles or small arteries, while arteriosclerosis refers to the hardening of medium and large arteries.
Two Types of Arteriolosclerosis
There are two main types of arteriolosclerosis. They are hyaline arteriolosclerosis and hyperplastic arteriolosclerosis.
No one knows the exact cause of arteriolosclerosis. Researchers think that it may begin with damage or injury to the inner wall of your arteriole.
Blood cells that are called platelets usually clump together at the site of the injury to try to repair your arteriole as soon as the inner wall of your arteriole has been damaged. Fatty deposits that are made up of cholesterol and other cellular waste products harden and build up. This narrows the space inside of your arteriole.
Arteriolosclerosis is a condition that can affect your arterioles in any area of your body. This is in spite of the fact that arteriolosclerosis is usually thought of as a heart problem.
For example, arteriolosclerosis may involve arterioles that go to your limbs. This may result in circulation problems in your arms and legs. This is known as peripheral arterial disease.
Arteriolosclerosis may affect the arterioles that supply blood to your brain. This may lead to a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or a stroke.
Arteriolosclerosis may affect the arterioles in your kidneys. This results in high blood pressure. In a diabetic, arteriolosclerosis can result in kidney failure and blindness.
If the arterioles of your heart are affected, you may have a heart attack, coronary artery disease or angina. Arteriolosclerosis can also lead to a bulge in the wall of your artery. This is known as an aneurysm.
Arteriolosclerosis is a condition that takes place as a gradual process over a long period of time. You do not usually experience any signs or symptoms until your arteriole becomes more than 70% blocked or narrowed.
Arteriolosclerosis Symptoms and Signs
There are several signs and symptoms that you may experience with arteriolosclerosis. Some of these are:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Angina (chest pain)
- Pain or a cramp near the affected area of your body
- Erectile dysfunction in men.
Is arteriolosclerosis and/or complications that have been caused by the underlying problem that led to this condition what are keeping you from being able to work? Is it the reason why you are disabled and in need of financial assistance?
Have you applied for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration? Was your application for benefits denied?
If you intend on reapplying or appealing your denial, you really should have a disability lawyer on your side. It has been established that people with a lawyer are approved more often than people without a lawyer.
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