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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Atherosclerosis (Overview)

Atherosclerosis is a common disease affecting the walls of arteries. Commonly described as "clogged" blood vessels, it can cause heart attack or stroke even without severe blockages: e.g., if blood clots form on plaques. High levels of LDL cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, & aging can all contribute to atherosclerosis, but prevention is possible with good medical care.


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What choices do I have for treating atherosclerosis?

What choices do I have for treating atherosclerosis?

So many!: Start with a healthy diet-vegetarian, vegan, low animal fat or some variant. Add exercise: 30 minutes 5 days a week minimum if able. If you're smoking: stop! if you're overweight or obese, start to slowly aim for normal weight. Have your cholesterol checked and treat with meds if necessary. Check your BP and treat if needed. Finally, choose your parents wisely! ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
393 doctors shared insights

Atherosclerosis (Overview)

Atherosclerosis is a common disease affecting the walls of arteries. Commonly described as "clogged" blood vessels, it can cause heart attack or stroke even without severe blockages: e.g., if blood clots form on plaques. High levels of LDL cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, & aging can all contribute to atherosclerosis, but prevention is possible with good medical care.


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How does atherosclerosis start?

How does atherosclerosis start?

Multiple causes: Atherosclerosis is a complex process with diffrent risk factors. Age, htn, high cholesterol, diabetes, family history, tobacco use. The liningof blood vessel has a barrier that protects it. If something causes damage to this, than cholesterol can enter the wall of the vessel and accumulate. Such things as high blood pressue and diabetes are examples of dz that can damage the lining and promote ashd. ...Read more

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Managing Atherosclerosis (Checklist)

Follow your treatment regimen as prescribed
daily
Enjoy friends and family
daily
Eat fruits and vegetables
2x day
Notify your doctor of mild symptoms
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Is it true that BP meds just treat the symptom and don't address the cause which most say is atherosclerosis and that CV risk is minimally reduced?

No.: True cause of high BP is in most cases unknown, probably multifactorial and not atherosclerosis. Elevated BP is a "sign" and has no "symptoms." AKA "the silent killer." BP meds treat systems that raise blood pressure . CV benefit depends upon other risk factors you may have. Suffice it to say that the big three modifiable risk factors are high blood pressure, diabetes and smoking ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of atherosclerosis?

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. ...Read more

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What are the signs of atherosclerosis?

Definition and signs: Atherosclerosis is hardening of the arteries (they carry the healthy, oxygenated blood to the tissues) due to calcification, or buildup of stuff (cholesterol, etc.) that narrows the vessel lining. This does not mean you have pad as that is when there are symptoms due to the narrowing. Atherosclerosis is a change in the structure, pad is when the function changes for the worse. ...Read more

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My husband is been diagnose with coronary atherosclerosis of native coronary artery. I would like to know more about this and how i can help him?

My husband is been diagnose with coronary atherosclerosis of native coronary artery. I would like to know more about this and how i can help him?

CAD: Coronary artery disease is the accumulation of cholesterol plaques in the lining of the blood vessels that go to the heart. It is caused by inflammation and has a dietary component too. Talk to a cardiologist and a heart surgeon. It is important to know how he was diagnosed and family history is critical. Learn the sigs and symptoms of a heart attack for him and you. ...Read more

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Sure, i've heard of atherosclerosis. But now that I have it, I want to know what is really happening in my body.?

Sure, i've heard of atherosclerosis. But now that I have it, I want to know what is really happening in my body.?

Hardening arteries: Over time the inner lining of the bloo vessels becomes damaged. Cholesterol plaque then develops in areas of injury. If enough plaque develops then occlusions occurs. ...Read more

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What causes atherosclerosis?

What causes atherosclerosis?

Multiple Factors: Atherosclerosis, also known as “hardening of the arteries”, occurs when areas of the artery wall thicken in response to either increased modifiable (high LDL particle levels, smoking or high blood pressure )and non-modifiable (genetics, age, gender) risk factors. Over time, areas of focal thickening may grow into a larger lesion called a “plaque" that can limit blood flow through the vessel. ...Read more

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What does atherosclerosis mean?

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. ...Read more

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When did atherosclerosis become treatable?

When did atherosclerosis become treatable?

ForDecadesYetIgnored: Atherosclerosis, typically starts ~age 7, is primarily driven by lipoproteins (the proteins which transport fat in the water outside cells), not cholesterol (made by every cell), thus optimize NMR particle test (hdl & LDL concentration, not cholesterol), keep hba1c low, optional =5.0%, sbp =120 mmhg, don’t smoke, exercise, avoid dietary sugars, etc; study: nusi.Org, taubes, attia, lustig fatchance. ...Read more

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Does angioplasty always treat atherosclerosis?

Does angioplasty always  treat atherosclerosis?

I am afraid not!: Angioplasty simply opens a blockage by squishing the plaque against the wall much as the same way you make room in a garbage bag by squishing its contents. While it improves the blood flow, it does nothing to alter the underlying disease process which is generally wide spread. It requires medicines such as statins, ace inhibitors and Aspirin and more importantly healthy living and not smoking. ...Read more

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What's a good bc pill for both endometriosis treatment & atherosclerosis prevention?

What's a good bc pill for both endometriosis treatment & atherosclerosis prevention?

Why one med?: If you have two unrelated problems, you may need to different kind of treatment/ medicines. ...Read more

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What are treatments for atherosclerosis?

Prevention: We can treat the side effects of atherosclerosis all over the body, however we can never truly treat it. Prevention of atherosclerosis is the only real treatment. ...Read more

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How can you get rid of the cholesterol that already clogs your arteries?

No easy way: Rarely do cholesterol plaques regress. There are a couple of studies showing that very high-dose statin use (crestor (rosuvastatin) or lipitor) can cause some regression of plaques, but it is incomplete and not clinically significant. Most of the time it is a matter of managing the plaques that are there to prevent them from progressing and to prevent new plaques from forming. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Busuttil
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Blocked Arteries (Definition)

Blocked arteries is a condition in which a person has decreased or no blood flow in one or more of his arteries, due to obstructions inside the artery such as thick plaques, floating clumps of broken plaques, blood clots, etc... Severe compression due to a problem on the outside of an artery can also ...Read more