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what are hazards of atherosclerosis?

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Dr. Charles Jost
Cardiology 36 years experience
Un-timely death: I am not trying to be dramatic but if atherosclerosis, which is a progressive disease, is allowed to continue without any remediation, the arteries will become blocked and, in the heart, this will cause ischemia and ultimately muscle death. Atherosclerosis also progresses in the rest of the body and can cause loss of limb. Fortunately you can partner with your doctor to slow/stop it.
Dr. Steven Shayani
Cardiology 33 years experience
Many if not treated: Atherosclerosis is the narrowing and blocking of the arteries. If not treated properly this could cause a patient to have: a heart attack; stroke; damage to the heart, brain and other extremities; and even death. Ways to prevent and/or treat atherosclerosis: lifestyle changes such as not smoking, lowering stress, diet and exercise. Reduce hbp and cholesterol. Take medications your pcp prescribes.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Can atherosclerosis be a contraindication?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Depends: It depends on what you mean. A contraindication to what? Exercising, flying an airplane, playing a sport? And it also would depend on how bad the atherosclerosis is. If it has not narrowed arteries enough to cause symptoms, then it probably would not lead to any restrictions.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How can atherosclerosis be avoided?

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Dr. Bart Denys
Cardiology 39 years experience
Atherosclerosis: By controlling the risks : 1. Treat high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol/triglycerides, diabetes. 2. Quit smoking 3. Lose weight if obese, exercise regularly 4. Healthy diet.
A 23-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of atherosclerosis?

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Dr. Charles Jost
Cardiology 36 years experience
Many or none: Many symptoms. The most common are chest pain, shortness of breath, jaw pain, arm pain, sweating, fatigue, abdominal pain, leg pain, dizziness and also back pain. Sometimes atherosclerosis is a stealth disease and there are no symptoms.
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A 23-year-old member asked:

What does atherosclerosis mean?

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Dr. Charles Jost
Cardiology 36 years experience
Plaque build up: It is hardening of the arteries, caused by fat, cholesterol, and other substances building up in the arteries - this is called plaque - making the arteries stiffer. This plaque interferes with the normal function of the arteries and can cause problems and symptoms throughout the body. The plaque can block the arteries and/or it can break off and flow to smaller vessels and block them.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Who was the first person to discover atherosclerosis?

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Dr. Andrew Chung
Cardiology 27 years experience
Unknown: It would be the first person that suffered a heart attack. We don't know who suffered the very first heart attack.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Early anatomists is most likely BUT no specific name
Apr 1, 2013

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