Ask a Gamer Doc – Atherosclerosis, How Gamers Can Prevent Heart Disease
by Tamika Moultrie on January 9, 2014 at 10:00 AM EDT

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Atherosclerosis

In this episode of Ask a Gamer Doc, Dr. Belin talks about Atherosclerosis (or cholesterol), what the consequences are of Atherosclerosis, and how gamers can avoid it. The doctor is in and is ready to help you.

 

Today’s question: Are there ways to prevent a heart attack, and is there a way to clean out arteries without having to go through surgery? Watch the video for the answer.

 

Belin explains that atherosclerosis, also known as cholesterol, is relevant to gamers because of an often-sedentary lifestyle. Cholesterol is the formation of plaques in the arteries due to high cholesterols, high blood pressure, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, eating foods high in fats, and low in fiber, which then leads to heart disease.

Heart Disease is one of the top killers of Americans. Atherosclerosis can also form in the neck, which could cause stroke and affect the arteries in the legs, called claudication. Symptoms include sharp pain in the legs while walking.

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Gamers ask how to avoid or treat these fatal conditions. Belin states, in the worst-case scenarios, to treat and prevent a heart attack would be vascular bypass surgery and vascular procedures that break up the plaque and restore blood flow to the heart. Gamer Doc suggest to gamers to avoid any type of serious procedures as such, be more active on the game with Kinect, or put down the controller and get active.

Stay tuned to GamerFitNation for future segments of Ask a Gamer Doc for more gaming-related health tips.

 

           

Edited by: Stephanie Jackson

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