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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Arteriosclerosis (Overview)

It is the hardening of the arteries commonly associated with natural aging process of the arteries.


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How does arteriosclerosis impact an individual's cardiovascular health?

How does arteriosclerosis impact an individual's cardiovascular health?

Significantly: Coronary heart disease is a direct manifestation of atherosclerosis and can significantly impact one's health. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
236 doctors shared insights

Arteriosclerosis (Overview)

It is the hardening of the arteries commonly associated with natural aging process of the arteries.


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Which symptoms occur with arteriosclerosis?

Many: 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. ...Read more

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Is arteriosclerosis inherited?

Sort of: Well it's not inherited like your eye color but the tendency to develop it is inherited related to many factors. High cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes and other risk factors are also inherited to a degree. So the bottom line is that if your parents have arteriosclerosis you are at greater risk. It would be even more important to modify your risk factors. ...Read more

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How do doctors diagnose arteriosclerosis?

How do doctors diagnose arteriosclerosis?

Many tests: Through carotid (ultrasound) scan, nuclear stress test, stress echocardiogram, echocardiogram, pet scan, ct scan, mri, ankle brachial index test, peripheral ultrasound, ekgs. These tests are only used after a thorough history and physical that provides the indications for the appropriate test(s). ...Read more

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How can you test for arteriosclerosis?

Depends where it is: Most tests aim to detect plaque causing obstruction to blood flow (e.g. Stress test to look for narrowing in coronary artery). However, atherosclerosis builds up slowly over time, and ideally should be detected before causes blockages. Doppler tests of carotid arteries or legs can image nonobstructive plaque in these locations noninvasively, and tell you if you're predisposed to this problem. ...Read more

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What are the tests for coronary arteriosclerosis?

What are the tests for coronary arteriosclerosis?

Functional vs ...: Tests for CAD are classified as functional / physiologic vs anatomic ie the mere presence of ateriosclerosis. Heartcath and cta of coronaries(cat scan) can demonstrate blockages but not tell if its causing the pts symptoms. A stress echo or Cardiolite gives physiologic information and can point to the culpret .Usually both are employed to find and fix the pts blockage responsible for their symptom. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have arteriosclerosis (details inside)?

How do I know if I have arteriosclerosis (details inside)?

No simple answer: There's no single test -you need a full evaluation with targeted testing as indicated. ...Read more

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What are the causes of arteriosclerosis?

Several: It is partly inherited. Also there are risk factors for it developing such as diet, your cholesterol level, how much you exercise, and whether you smoke. ...Read more

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Is there a medication to treat arteriosclerosis?

Is there a medication to treat arteriosclerosis?

Yes: The primary type of medication to treat arteriosclerosis is one that will lower cholesterol. The most common ones are in the statin family, although others, especially niacin, may be useful. Antiinflammatory drugs such as fish oil may also be useful, although the data is less clear. ...Read more

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How is arteriosclerosis treated?

Treatment options: Arteriosclerosis has several contributing risk factors. Not all are known but many we do. Agressive treatment of the modifiable risk factors is the key to treatment.Also weather you are treating a patient for primay prevention (no history of mi or stroke) or secondary ( pt had mi, cva, bypass surgery etc.).Regardless exercise good diet smoke cessation and good controll of BP and diabetes and wt loss. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for coronary arteriosclerosis?

Cad: Risk factor modification, BP control, and using medications that improve the supply-demand balance in coronary blood (and hence oxygen) supply. ...Read more

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How can you cure arteriosclerosis?

Manage: There is no cure for atherosclerosis but you can manage it: quit smoking!, lose weight: BMI <28, control blood pressure, control cholesterol, exercise every day (clear program with your doctor), take prescribed medications, control blood sugar, change diet to low fat, low sugar. Take care of yourself and you can control this disease process! ...Read more

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How can you prevent arteriosclerosis?

Atherosclerosis: Treat risk factors before you have symptoms/ problems. If you have a strong family history, you can't be checked out young enough! 1. Treat high blood pressure, diabetes, lipids and triglycerides 2. Lose weight, exercise, quit smoking 3. Low fat, low glycemic diet. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for arteriosclerosis?

Atherosclerosis: Those with family history, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, overweight, men and post-menopausal women. There is a web site for framingham risk profile to check your individual risk. ...Read more

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How does someone avoid arteriosclerosis?

Atherosclerosis: Treat risk factors before you have symptoms/ problems. If you have a strong family history, you can't be checked out young enough! 1. Treat high blood pressure, diabetes, lipids and triglycerides 2. Lose weight, exercise, quit smoking 3. Low fat, low glycemic diet. ...Read more

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What is arteriosclerosis?

CVD: 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. ...Read more

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Is arteriosclerosis inherited?

Sort of: Well it's not inherited like your eye color but the tendency to develop it is inherited related to many factors. High cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes and other risk factors are also inherited to a degree. So the bottom line is that if your parents have arteriosclerosis you are at greater risk. It would be even more important to modify your risk factors. ...Read more

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Is arteriosclerosis reversible?

Not really: Don't believe everything you hear. Atherosclerosis can be stabilized with current meds/treatments but significant regression (>10%) is extremely difficult to demonstrate in humans. Atherosclerosis is a chronic disease. There is no "cure". ...Read more

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Why is arteriosclerosis chronic?

It progresses: Because once it develops it is not very reversible. It tends to get progressinvely worse as you age. You can slow down the process or even in some cases reverse it by eliminatiing your risk factors. ...Read more

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