Hi, Hardening of the arteries is also called atherosclerosis and is due to fatty deposits such as cholesterol within the artery. These form plaques or atheroma which can have the effect of hardening the artery. Scurvy is a disease due to lack of vitamin C and it affects collagen. Regards, Dr K A Pottinger, MBChB FRCA
Hardening of the arteries is a lay term used to describe their blockage with cholesterol which does eventually become quite hard and brittle.
Scurvy is the condition sailors used to get on long sea voyages due to lack of vitamin C. It was cured initially by the ships carrying lime juice, which resulted in one of the nicknames of British sailors becoming 'limeys'.
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hi i was wondering if anyone can help i have severe food and chemical allergy and because of this i cant eat any foods that contain vitamin c , because of this i have very low vitamin c levels and have started getting bruised spots on my legs and my legs have started getting sore, feel really tired and easily irratable and was wondering if this is the start of scurvy would appreciate very much if anyone can help me.
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I was told there was imbalance pressure at my left and right half of heart, and pressure difference was roughly 20 or 30 mmHg more than should have been for a normal heart, meaning one side(right) of heart was handling more pressure by 20mmHg than should have while the other half(left) was handling pressure by 20mmHg lesser than should have, and also there was mixing of oxygenated and de-oxygenated blood.
I have not gained weight even after surgery(surgical treatment done when i was 27yrs old)
My questions are: 1. What is my life expectancy? Have my life expectancy decreased by now than compared to what it would have been if I would have been normal from my birth, is there a maximum cap on the number of years I can live now?
I did try asking above question to my cardio surgeon but he did not provide a clear answer, just mentioned that I am normal now and would not have any problems
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3. Since lesser percentage of oxygenated blood was circulating through my system including my brain all these years, would I have any issues like memory loss or underdeveloped brain, attributed due to that?
4. Would I be prone to any of the heart diseases in future or and related diseases like high/low Blood Pressure?
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