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Can you get a massage if you have atherosclerosis

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Sure - why not - just careful not to end up like rockefeller!
Dr. Trent Proffitt
23 years experience Vascular Surgery
Yes: There are no contraindications for massage therapy with atherosclerosis. However, if it is bad enough, pedicures can be dangerous if there is tissue ... Read More

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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Claude Parola
39 years experience Internal Medicine
Many factors: Genetic, diet ( high fat consumption ), lack of exercise, smoking, diabetes etc...
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
40 years experience Preventive Medicine
Several issues: White blood cells, invade into the walls of the blood vessel to remove low density lipoprotein (fat carrying protein) particles. Macrophages die if ov ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
They can: Lipids are only one, albeit, important risk factor. Smoking, diabetes, hypertension, genetics, and age are other factors. Since there's nothing that c ... Read More
Dr. Trent Proffitt
23 years experience Vascular Surgery
Yes: But to a lesser degree. Many feel that atherosclerosis is just part of aging as studies have shown it starts to develop around the age of 35. Contro ... Read More
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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
40 years experience Preventive Medicine
Yes, Clarification: Actually, atherosclerosis is not driven by lipids (fat molecules) per-se. Our bodies are mostly water. Fats don’t mix with water. All cells use fat mo ... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Fritz
32 years experience Internal Medicine
See here: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/atherosclerosis
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Pak
Dr. Laura Pak answered
27 years experience Vascular Surgery
There can be: There are multiple risk factors for atherosclerosis: hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, family history of heart disease or stroke, get ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Davis
38 years experience Vascular Surgery
Yes: The most famous example is from autopsies of us soldiers (ages 18 and above) who died in vietnam. The aortas of many demonstrated fat-laden cells whi ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oliver Aalami
22 years experience Vascular Surgery
No: Adolescents/children are more likely to have congenital heart malformations such as a patent foremen ovale (hole between the right and left side of th ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Fleischer
45 years experience Cardiology
Kawasaki Disease: This is an inflammation of the arterial wall that happens rarely in young children, sometimes leading to calcification of the arteries later in life. ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
It : It may be, but there are many other things that can also cause these symptoms. The probability of it being atherosclerosis depends on many factors, no ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Cheng
25 years experience Family Medicine
Maybe: The potential may be there. I would have your cholesterol level checked so you know where you stand on your trig and chol level.

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