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How long should arteriosclerosis of extremities last?

How long should arteriosclerosis of extremities last?

Lifelong: There is no way to significantly reverse arteriosclerosis. The calcified cholesterol plaques will remain there lifelong. The goal is to prevent this, reduce further development, and reduce the potential problems associated with it - heart attack, stroke, leg claudication. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
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Arteriosclerosis Of Extremities (Definition)

Arteriosclerosis of extremities is a condition of narrowing and hardening of the arteries in the arms and legs, resulting in pain with movement, tingling sensations, and poor healing. It can be caused by high cholesterol, high blood ...Read more


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What are the tests for arteriosclerosis of extremities?

What are the tests for arteriosclerosis of extremities?

Usually start with..: Dopplers of the lower or upper extremities. Its easy and inexpensive. If this is abnormal then I usually proceed to a cat scan with contrast to define the anatomy. With this information I decide if a catheter and a stent or angioplasty vs a surgical bypass is needed.. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is arteriosclerosis of extremities?

Arteriosclerosis: Arteriosclerosis is a hardening of the arteries. This happens from fat, cholesterol or other harmful substances stick to the wall of the artery and form a plaque. Over time, the plaque can grow and end up closing off most of the artery. This causes a decreased blood flow and you can get problems with the extremities from them not getting enough blood. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of arteriosclerosis of extremities?

What are the symptoms of arteriosclerosis of extremities?

Claudication: Cramping in the extremity with use, is usually the first symptom. As it progresses rest pain, change in coloring, and in extreme cases gangrene. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have arteriosclerosis of extremities?

What does it mean when you have arteriosclerosis of extremities?

PAD: Peripheral arterial disease is caused by cholesterol build up that narrows the arteries carrying oxygen and blood flow to the legs. Most patients have no symptoms and are diagnosed with an abi, measuring blood pressure in the legs. Treatment is lowering cholesterol, exercise, not smoking, and controlling blood pressure. ...Read more

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Is there a way to stop arteriosclerosis of extremities before it starts?

Yes: Don't smoke and don't be exposed to second-hand smoke. Avoid diabetes by maintaining normal body weight. Perform regular exercise. If you do these 3 things consistently throughout your life, you will not develop peripheral arterial disease (pad) (arteriosclerosis of the extremities). ...Read more

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My adult kids are worried about my health now that I have arteriosclerosis of extremities. What should I tell them?

You can do it...: Reassure them that you are doing what it takes to improve your health. This includes eating healthy, quitting smoking, regular exercise per direction of your doctor and take prescribed medications which may include blood pressure and cholesterol lowering medications, Aspirin or clopidogrel. The goal is to decrease risk of heart attack and stroke in addition to improving circulation in your legs. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for arteriosclerosis of extremities?

PAD: Quitting smoking, couple with antiplatelet therapy, and vasodilator therapy. Aggressive walking program will improve collateral circulation and reduce claudication pain. ...Read more

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How to treat arteriosclerosis of extremities quickly?

How to treat arteriosclerosis of extremities quickly?

Medical management: In general, taking an Aspirin and statin medicine is the quickest way to begin treatment of peripheral vascular disease. Exercise, weight loss, blood pressure, and diabetes control can be improved immediately. Many people will get improvement with these measures alone. See your doctor before starting any new medicine or lifestyle change. ...Read more

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What can arteriosclerosis cause?

Plethora of problems: Arteriosclerosis/atherosclerosis can result in a plethora of problems such as erectile dysfunction, claudication, dementia, heart attacks, strokes, and premature death. ...Read more

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Which people get arteriosclerosis?

Atherosclerosis: Anybody can...
Risks include:
1. Genetics
2. Untreated high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol/triglycerides, diabetes.
3. Smoking
4.Obesity, low functional capacity (lack of exercise)
5. Age and gender. ...Read more

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How can you cure arteriosclerosis?

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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What does arteriosclerosis lead to?

Blockage (s): It leads to progressive 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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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 can I reverse arteriosclerosis?

Reverse arterioscler: If you find out, please let the rest of us know. The only studies to show reversal have been with high dose statins and rigorous diet and they show only small amount of reversal in some people. At present our best recommendations are mediterranean type diet, regular aerobic exercise, not smoking, blood pressure control and perhaps statins. If not reversal this at least slows progression in most. ...Read more

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How does someone get arteriosclerosis?

Several ways: It is partly inherited. Then there are risk factors that make it more likely to occur, such as smoking, diabetes, hypertension, abnormal lipids, lack of exercise, stress, being overweight, and dietary factors. ...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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How can someone control arteriosclerosis?

Lifestyle & medicine: The first steps are diet, exercise and smoking cessation. The second step is medication. Depending on your cholesterol levels and quality medication will be the only way to get this disease under control. ...Read more

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Could you tell me about arteriosclerosis?

Atherosclerosis: This is our most important single disease. It involves accumulations of cholesterol beneath tough fibrous tissue, narrowing arteries. This causes angina, dementia, loss of legs, and more. If the plaques break, cholesterol embolizes causing strokes, or the blood clots causing heart attacks. Weakening of the wall causes aneurysms that burst. 'healthy lifestyles' especially target atherosclerosis. ...Read more

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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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What are other known forms of arteriosclerosis?

All major arteries: Arteriosclerosis is generic for hardening of the arteries. Arteriosclerosis of the coronary arteries, also known as cad, is the most widely talked about. Stroke (cerebrovascular accident) is caused by hardening of the brain arteries. Gangrene of legs and feet is caused by hardening of leg arteries also called pad (peripheral artery disease). ...Read more

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What happens in the body with arteriosclerosis?

Limits to blood flow: In arteriosclerosis, cholesterol builds up in the walls of the artery compromising the inside of the artery where blood flows. The end result can be limitations in blood flow to the brain, heart, intestines, kidney, and extremities. The symptoms are particular to the organ affected. ...Read more

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Is it true that arteriosclerosis is hereditary?

Arteriosclerosis: Arteriosclerosis is a multifactorial disease. One of the predisposing factors is certainly genetics and so it does have a hereditary component. ...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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What is the impact on the body of arteriosclerosis?

What is the impact on the body of arteriosclerosis?

Depends: It depends upon the location of the atherosclerosis. In the brain arteries, it causes neurologic deficits and stroke. In the heart it causes chest pain and heart attacks. In the kidneys it causes hypertension and renal failure. In the legs it causes claudication (leg pain when walking). ...Read more

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What are the remedies for reverse arteriosclerosis?

Unfortunately: There are no remediesto reverse this process. The hope is that treating risk factors like hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, diet, exercise and smoking cessation will keep the process in check or slow it significantly. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: arteriosclerosis?

Hard arteries: It is the hardening of the arteries commonly associated with natural aging process of the arteries. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the remedies to reverse arteriosclerosis?

Atherosclerosis: We treat with diet, exercise, statin drugs and sometimes other factors. There are no highly effective treatments to reverse atherosclerosis; we do slow its progression fairly reliably. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
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