Giant Cell Arteritis is a cardiovascular disorder that occurs due to the inflammation of the arteries. It is an autoimmune disease which means that your body’s own immune system mistakenly starts attacking cardiovascular system particularly lining of the arteries. Inflammation of the arteries is caused by the local deposition of antibodies and protein compounds.
The factors that may contribute to the development of this disease include ageing, genetic reasons (not yet well defined), stress, depression, hormonal imbalances, and alcohol consumption. The symptoms of giant cell arteritis include stabbing pains in head particularly at the back of the head, night sweats, fever, jaw claudication( aching in the jaws), loss of taste, tingling on the tongue, sudden painless loss of sight, double vision, pain in the temple area, fatigue, lethargy, weight loss, lack of appetite, and stiffness around the hip girdles and across the upper arms, shoulders and neck. In severe cases, one might experience a permanent visual loss, kidney failure, skin problems, tinnitus (noises in the ear), vertigo (dizziness), heart attack and brain stroke.
Giant Cell Arteritis is diagnosed with blood tests, biopsy of the temporal artery, examination of the retina, and thyroid function. Treatment includes oral steroids, intravenous steroids, and anti-inflammatory drugs. It also makes a good idea for patients to regularly take a dietary supplement that helps support a healthy cardiovascular system.
Cardiored Krill Oil Omega 3 is a popular brand on the market that makes use of omega-3 fatty acids and a naturally occurring antioxidant called astaxanthin in its formulation. This supplement helps maintain the health of the arteries and keeps the serum cholesterol levels in check. You should take 1-2 soft gelatine capsules daily.