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Can Lipitor (atorvastatin) reduce the damage done by cigarette smoking on the blood vessels?

Can Lipitor (atorvastatin) 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

Dr. Nathan Ritter
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Atorvastatin (Definition)

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


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Can the damage of smoking on ovaries be reversed?

Can the damage of smoking on ovaries be reversed?

Smoking: Why do you think the smoking damaged your ovaries? I assume you were told there is a problem. The answer in general is no. There isn't anything you can do to reverse any damage. However, see your gyne doctor to see if there is anything they can do and stay away from any smoke! ...Read more

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Im trying to quit smoking with patches is it the nicotine that constrics blood vessels or is it the other toxins in the smoke?

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 more

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Can strengthening the blood vessels reduce the risk for brain aneurysm?

Can strengthening the blood vessels reduce the risk for brain aneurysm?

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 more

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Could smoking weed decrease the blood flow to the blood vessels in my feet?

Could smoking weed decrease the blood flow to the blood vessels in my feet?

Probably not: But this is what it can do to you: http://www.Webmd.Com/mental-health/marijuana-use-and-its-effects. ...Read more

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How can you stop thinning of blood vessels in the brain?

How can you stop thinning of blood vessels in the brain?

Blood vessels.: You cannot stop this. This is a process of getting old. Vessels become fragile as get old. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how blocking cox 1 enzymes thin the blood and therefore reduce the risk of tia's and heart attacks?

Can you tell me how blocking cox 1 enzymes thin the blood and therefore reduce the risk of tia's and heart attacks?

Incorrect: Cox-1 inhibitors do not reduce the risk of TIA and heart attack, they increase it. Vioxx was taken off the market because of this. Celebrex (celecoxib) is still available but increases the risk of vascular adverse event. ...Read more

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Could stiffening of the arteries caused by smoking reverse itself after smoking is ceased?

Could stiffening of the arteries caused by smoking reverse itself after smoking is ceased?

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

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What disease might cause the body to quit producing vitamin b resulting in blood clots on the lungs?

What disease might cause the body to quit producing vitamin b resulting in blood clots on the lungs?

Your body doesn't: The body does not produce vitamin b. That comes from your diet. Vitamin b is not associated with blood clots. ...Read more

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Can the use *Preferably non-smoking of marijuana have negative effects on Diabetic Retinopathy? Due to the effects marijuana has on the eyes.

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

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Will smoking marijuana while using nexplanon cause the same risks as smoking cigarettes? (Risk of blood clots)

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

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Does Lipitor (atorvastatin) wipe out the cholesterol in your arteries? Or just low the amount of cholesterol produce by the body

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 more

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Are plaques deposited in the blood vessels permanent? Or can it be removed by exercise?

Are plaques deposited in the blood vessels permanent? Or can it be removed by exercise?

Yes: Historically plaques have been thought to be permanent. However more recently there has been an understanding that the plaques can regress. Diet and exercise are key!!! ...Read more

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How long could the presence of cotinine be detected in the blood, after smoking 10 cigarettes in 1 day?

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

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What are the effects of nicotine and carbon monoxide on the heart and blood vessels?

What are the effects of nicotine and carbon monoxide on the heart and blood vessels?

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

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What can lower blood pressure by extracting fluid form the vascular system and decreasing peripheral and pulmona?

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

Lipitor (Definition)

Atorvastatin is a HMG-CoA enzyme blocker which is a kind of cholesterol/lipid ...Read more


Cigarette Smoking (Definition)

Cigarette smoking is the smoking of cigarettes. Smoking ...Read more