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Build A Plaque
Yes and no: Plaque build up within arteries can be "soft" meaning that it is recent in orgin. This is the most unstable form of plaque in arteries and most likely to rupture and cause a problem. Plaque that has been present for a longer period of time becomes calcified and is more stable. There are often no symptoms associated with soft plaque. Calcified plaque in coronaries can lead to chest pain. ...Read more
Food Myths: Nope. That would be a false myth. ...Read more
Not really: Plaque build up is one of the causes for poor blood flow to the brain and heart, causing strokes and heart attacks. Seeing your doc and getting a cholesterol test would help the doctor decide if you qualify for statin therapy. An asa a day also may help, but i dont know too many 34 Y.O. Males on asa therapy for arteriosclerosis. Go see your doc and he can test you. Diet & exercise is the key. ...Read more
Does a normal CT Calcium Score Scan eliminate possibility of Atherosclerosis plaque build up in arteries?
Not entirely: Usually, a calcium score >100 indicates that calcium deposits are present & that coronary heart disease/obstruction is likely present. Scores between 0 & 100 are considered normal, but this may just indicate a very small amount of calcium that hasn't progressed to disease yet. At your age, follow heart disease prevention--non-smoking, healthy eating/exercise, not calcium score. Good wishes:) ...Read more
Atherosclerosis: Narrowing or 'hardening of the arteries' seems like the body's way of planned obsolescence--or complete wearing out. Over time our arteries become more narrow and certain conditions speed up the process: smoking, diabetes (and overweight/metabolic syndrome), hi blood pressure, and hi cholesterol. Exercise can slow down the process. Plaque build up in arteries leads to heart attack and strokes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could it happen that a fall causes a plaque build up in an artery to break off and cause a complete blockage?
Yes: Some studies show the start of plaque regression at HDL levels greater than 45 mg/dl. This may be accomplished through cardiovascular exercise, diets that are low in saturated fats and rich in unsaturated fats, and dietay supplements containing omega-3 fish oils. Consult with your family doctor, internist, or cardiologist for more details. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can a temper outburst in someone who has heart disease (plaque lining the arterial walls) be a catalyst for a plaque rupture and consequent mi?
It can...: Sress can release adrenaline which constricts blood vessels, increase blood pressure and enhance tendency of platelets to aggregate and cause blood clots. Triggers such as these can cause a plaque to break and form a clot causing a heart attack. Yes, intense stress or rabid loss of temper can cause a heart attack. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Heart is a very metabolically active organ and needs several nutrients to function well like coq10, l-carnitine, magnesium, ribose etc and lack of these will cause the vessels to have greater stiffness. Also indiscriminate of calcium supplements is causing abnormal calcifications of the whole body and arteries. ...Read more
See below: Foods rich in fats and cholesterol, generally speaking. ...Read more
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