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Atherosclerosis Can Lead To
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 ...Read more
Arteriosclerosis: Cigarrette smoking accelerates the process of arteriosclerosis which in turn results in atheroma formation with its multiple consequences depending on location.In the aorta it results in cystic medial necrosis leading to aneurysmal dilatation or the opposite, arteriosclerosis obliterans. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lots of things: Among the more preventable causes of heart disease are smoking, being overweight, type 2 diabetes, poor exercise and eating habits, high cholesterol and excessive alcohol intake. If you have a family history of heart disease then you need to be especially careful to manage these risk factors. The american heart association has some great resources at www.Heart.Org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It can seem that way: Many people with cardiovascular disease may have diabetes or prediabetes that is only recognized after they have heart problems. In actuality, though, the glucose metabolism was abnormal for some time before the heart disease was discovered, and changes associated with the sugar abnormalities including high blood pressure & high cholesterol likely contributed to the heart disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Myth / lie: Old-fashioned chiropractors talked about "subluxations" that they would treat by popping the back and that supposedly this would restore health. If anyone is telling you this nowadays or putting you in fear for your health, contact your local district attorney & the chiropractic licensing board. Vertebral bodies may be misaligned but this by itself will not cause serious disease elsewhere. ...Read more
Definitely yes: Anorexia can cause heart problems, which can be deadly. The heart is a strong muscle, but chronic starvation and malnutrition weakens the muscle. The patient can suffer low blood pressure or die of heart failure (heart is too weak to pump enough blood out). The blood chemicals are out of balance in anorexics and can cause slow heart rates and abnormal heart rates, which if severe, can be fatal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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It is not: the colonoscopy itself that leads to cardiovascular events, but the sedation or anesthesia given. Most often intravenous drugs are given which can alter heart rate and rhythm, cause over-sedation with hypoxemia (reduced oxygen in blood) leading to heart attach, shock or cardiac arrest. These events are fortunately EXTRAORDINARILY rare, but unfortunately can occur with any sedation or anesthesia. ...Read more
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
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