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A 41-year-old member asked:

how effective is simvastatin (zocor) for treating coronary artery disease (cad)?

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Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 48 years experience
Important part: "Statins" are an important part of treating all types of arteriosclerosis. They help reduce "bad" cholesterol and lower the inflammatory response in arteries even in patietns with relatively normal cholesterol. There are man ytrials that have shown the benefit of :Statins" such as Simvastatin in reducing heart attack, stroke and peripheral vascular symptoms in patients who have had symptoms.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Could the baby pushing on my arteries cause high blood pressure?

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Dr. Felecia Dawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 35 years experience
No: High blood pressure is often due to the genes you have inherited, nutritional status, and/or stress. You can't do much about your genes but you can control what you expose them to. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, sleep at least 7 hours at night, and begin your day with some meditative practice. Research shows that meditation actually lowers blood pressure.
A 20-year-old member asked:

Can drinking moderate amounts of alcohol improve coronary artery disease symptoms?

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Dr. Aaron Stupple
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General Practice 9 years experience
It can reduce events: Various studies show moderate alcohol consumption, between 3 and 7 drinks per week, reduces the risk of cardiac events, including heart attack. There is little evidence about the influence on symptoms, such as angina. Binge drinking, irregular sessions greater than 4 drinks or monthly intoxication, shows increased events. These results apply to both genders, although women benefit slightly more.
A 21-year-old member asked:

I have risk factors for coronary artery disease, is there effective preventative treatment?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Certainly: Primary and secondary prevention is available. One would want to do everything possible to prevent an issue from occuring. Once the disease is present, then secondary prevention is necessary. A healthy lifestyle is the beginning. See you pcp and get a good physical exam and risk factor assessment and counselling. Lab testing and other procedures may be necessary. Step out, step up and do it!
Dr. Charles Jost
Cardiology 36 years experience
Take the easy steps first: stop smoking, exercise everyday, lose weight - get to optimal weight and BMI < 28, optimize diet with nutritional counseling or with your doctor! And, if medication is prescribed, take it as instructed!
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A 21-year-old member asked:

Will ginkgo help with the vascular condition peripheral artery disease (pad)?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. George Valdez
Specializes in Family Medicine
No: As far as i know, there are no double blind placebo controlled studies that prove effectiveness.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can carotid artery stenosis cause sciatica?

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Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
No: There are arterial conditions in your legs that can cause leg pain similar to sciatica in some cases. Your carotid artery in your neck is too far removed from your legs to affect them in this way. Vascular disease in your carotid artery however may suggest vascular problems elsewhere such as your legs. You can be assessed by lumbar MRI and vascular assessment of your legs to assess leg pain.

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