Veins and arteries of the human body each serve different purposes, therefore the structure and function of arteries differs from that of veins. The primary function of the arteries is to carry blood that is fully oxygenated to the various parts of the body. Like the veins, the arteries have valves in them that prevent the blood from flowing in an undesirable direction. The arteries begin at the heart and can lead to serious health problems is they are not functioning correctly. Read below to learn about the possible health problems associated with arteries.
As the blood flows from the heart, there is sometimes what is known as a plaque buildup. This can be very dangerous for many reasons. The plaque make break free inside the artery and travel to another area of the artery or body and cause a unhealthy clog or clot. This prevents blood from getting to the necessary parts of the body, such as is the case when there is a stroke due to the lack of blood to the proper areas of the brain. As the pressure of the stopped blood builds, there can even be a rupture in the artery that may result in permanent and severe damage to the body. The cause of this buildup is the use of fatty foods, cholesterol, high blood pressure, lack of proper exercise, diabetes, age and weight.
Basilar Artery Migraines
These type of migraines are quite painful and are characterized by the presence of an aura before the pain actually begins. The pain is caused by the swelling of the basilar artery which in turn causes pressure on the brain. Cause of the migraine and swelling vary from stress to specific activities.