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Can Lipitor Reduce The Damage Done By Cigarette Smoking On The Blood Vessels
May help: Statin drugs like Lipitor (atorvastatin) lower LDL cholesterol, as well as other forms of lipids that lead to blocked arteries and damaged arteries. They can also reduce the inflammation of the blood vessel, which is a potent driver of the process that leads to damaged and blocked arteries. Cigarette smoking causes tremendous damage to the arteries via multiple mechanisms. Best bet - STOP SMOKING!! ...Read more
Atorvastatin has the brand name lipitor (atorvastatin). . Its function is to lower the body's production of cholesterol and to stabilize current cholesterol plaques. The general name for this class of medication is "statins". Other statins include Crestor (rosuvastatin) ...Read more
Im trying to quit smoking with patches is it the nicotine that constrics blood vessels or is it the other toxins in the smoke?
Nicotine constricts: While there might be a little cross-over, in general nicotine causes the vascular effects including constriction of blood vessels, & tars/other chemicals contribute carcinogens, promoting cancer. So in using the patch, you still get the effects of nicotine (hopefully at a lower dose than a cigarette) but are spared the hundreds of other chemicals. Go ahead & use the patches ... but get off ASAP! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Great question: This is actually an area of great interest for research. Smoking is thought to contribute to weaknening of the arteries and this is an important risk factor. We are actually pursuing research on hormones and their role in the strength of blood vessels. Please see brain aneurysm center for women at www.Chicagoaneurysm.Com for more information. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably not: However, further damage can be lessened or prevented. ...Read more
Blood vessels.: You cannot stop this. This is a process of getting old. Vessels become fragile as get old. ...Read more
Can you tell me how blocking cox 1 enzymes thin the blood and therefore reduce the risk of tia's and heart attacks?
Yes: the immediate effects of nicotine in causing artery walls to contract are gone within a few hours after smoking. The impact of long-term smoking on vascular health begins to lessen within a few months of cessation, and by 10 years out the risks approach those of non-smokers. Of course, this depends on how long and how hard you have smoked, as well as your own genetic and other susceptibilities. ...Read more
What disease might cause the body to quit producing vitamin b resulting in blood clots on the lungs?
Can the use *Preferably non-smoking of marijuana have negative effects on Diabetic Retinopathy? Due to the effects marijuana has on the eyes.
Potential benefits: The following is a link detailing a novel use of non-smoking form of marihuana called "Cannabidiol As a Putative Novel Therapy for Diabetic Retinopathy". http://www.420magazine.com/forums/diabetes/152457-cannabidiol-putative-novel-therapy-diabetic-retinopathy.html. Hopefully this will address your question well. ...Read more
Yes: Please stop both immediately and seek help. ...Read more
Will smoking marijuana while using nexplanon cause the same risks as smoking cigarettes? (Risk of blood clots)
NO, however...: Smoking cigarettes increases risk of blood clots as does taking Nexplanon & those who use Nexplanon while smoking have unacceptable risks of blood clots. Smoking marijuana is not known to have the same increased risk of blood clots as smoking tobacco, though there is preliminary evidence that regular marijuana use may somewhat increase risk of blood clots, so to be safe I would avoid regular use. ...Read more
Does Lipitor (atorvastatin) wipe out the cholesterol in your arteries? Or just low the amount of cholesterol produce by the body
Both, kind of...: The main function of Lipitor (atorvastatin) is to decrease your hepatic production of cholesterol. However, several studies shows that when this happens, over time you may see an improvement in your vascular health as evidenced by stabilization of plaque, reduction in plaque size, and reduction in carotid wall thickness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can a drug like midodrine that constricts SOME vessels and not all of them, can cause higher pressure on ALL vessels walls ??
How long could the presence of cotinine be detected in the blood, after smoking 10 cigarettes in 1 day?
Urine, not blood: Is what is usually measured, because it persists in urine far longer than in blood, and blood is harder to get (and the technology of detecting it is somewhat trickier, i understand). It persists in urine for about 2-3 days at most, and in lighter smokers or occasional smokers may be gone even within 24 hours. ...Read more
Multiple effects.: Nicotine increases blood pressure by promoting the constriction of blood vessels, and elevating the heart rate. These effects occur through many mechanisms, including activation of the sympathetic nervous system, adrenal hormone release, and the release of many neurotransmitters. Carbon monoxide is not known to have a direct effect on the heart or vessels, but impairs blood oxygen delivery. ...Read more
What can lower blood pressure by extracting fluid form the vascular system and decreasing peripheral and pulmona?
Diuretics.: A diuretic is a type of medicine that facilitates passage of fluid out the body through the urinary tract. By increasing urine output, fluid is moved from the cardiovascular system out of the body. This needs to be used carefully in conjunction with your physician because it is not always the correct approach. ...Read more
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