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How does plaque build up in your arteries?

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Dr. Michael Korona
Interventional Radiology 33 years experience
Check out: Atherosclerosis at www.Heart.Org for detailed discussion.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

What causes plaque build up in arteries?

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Dr. Ryan Stanton
Emergency Medicine 18 years experience
Inflammation: It is an ongoing process of damage, inflammation, and scarring that progressively obstructs the blood flow. It is exacerbated by lifestyle, health, family history/heredity, and environmental factors.
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A 34-year-old female asked:

Can plaque build up in your arteries be reversed?

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Dr. Jeffrey Ng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Not really: Plaque build up is one of the causes for poor blood flow to the brain and heart, causing strokes and heart attacks. Seeing your doc and getting a cholesterol test would help the doctor decide if you qualify for statin therapy. An asa a day also may help, but i dont know too many 34 Y.O. Males on asa therapy for arteriosclerosis. Go see your doc and he can test you. Diet & exercise is the key.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How will plaque build up on the artery walls?

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Dr. Matt Wachsman
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Various ways: you might mean this: damage to the walls causes plaque. Hi blood pressure, cigarettes, high choleserol cause damage and plaques. The way in which it builds up is gradually over years.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have been diagnosed with plaque build up in the arteries of my brain.?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Get protected: You are at future risk for stroke, and the severity of the risk depends upon the extent of arterial narrowing. I would suggest you discuss with your doctor whether you should start an anti platelet drug, and/or a statin drug.

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