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Can Diet Alone Clear Arteries
Probably: Atheroscleortic plaque can be decreased by diet, medication and exercise. Case studies show that even in patients with coronary artery disease who have had bypass, dietary changes can play a significant role in preventing further worsening of arterial changes and may reverse pre-existing disease. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11832674 ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more
Starvation BUT: even that is controversial. the blockages in arteries are fat deposits. Things that lower fat deposits lower this. Loss of fat with starvation was the original observation (lower heart disease with starvation around WWII--"the seven countries survey" was the initial observation taht started all this). BUT exercise is much more reliable way to prevent heart disease. ...Read more
Are you on coumadin?: If you are on coumadin, then you need to make sure that you watch out your diet and being consistent with your diet -especially for food that contains high amount of vitamin k- like vegetables etc. Your doctor should be able to guide you regarding diet selection if you are on coumadin. If you are on xarelto- well balanced food- that is low in fat-low salt diet would be good. ...Read more
I may have clogged heart arteries but cant afford angioplasty. what are cheaper alternatives?can I just do medications & proper care/diet?
HealthTap Prime: Specific answers to an individual case need HealthTap Prime.General info: when chronic stable angina(e.g.chest pain/pressure or trouble breathing from poor oxygen flow to the heart)limits activity despite treatment,or when clot blocking left main or multiple arteries w heart not pumping well, procedures, not just meds, preferred. Abrupt symptoms or onset of rest symptoms may be heart attack. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it true the heart can build more capillaries with strong diet and exercise? Can it save you from complete occlusion of artery?
Very little: Once established, atherosclerotic plaque has very little chance of decreasing. The best course is to begin risk modifications and hope to stop the progression of plaque. There are some reports of decreasing plaque thickness with extreme cholesterol lowering, but the clinical correlation to decreased mi and stoke had not been proven. ...Read more
How long does it usually take for some salt in your diet to clog arteries? Does it take many years? Will my doctor let me know if this is a problem?
Sodium, sodium...: Salt does not clog the arteries. Sodium sensitizes the arteries to adrenaline, so they may go into spasm, and your blood pressure goes up. If this happens every day for many years, your blood pressure will be elevated all the time, and this does damage the arteries, because their natural repair mechanism is with cholesterol, that does clog the arteries. Try sodium free salt (yes, it's available. ...Read more
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