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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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If I've been smoking cigarettes for 2yrs (maybe 2 packs of cigarettes a month for the past 6 months) can that cause perment constricted blood vessels?

If I've been smoking cigarettes for 2yrs (maybe 2 packs of cigarettes a month for the past 6 months) can that cause perment constricted blood vessels?

Absolutely.: Smoking is a major cause of peripheral arterial disease (pad). In fact while pad can occur in non-smokers, smokers are at 16x higher risk. Smoking is also a major cause of coronary artery disease, which is blockages in the arteries that supply the heart. I would certainly advise quitting smoking. A combination of cessation strategies is best and this includes counseling, support groups, and meds. ...Read more

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Does smoking cigarettes permanently constrict blood vessels?

Does smoking cigarettes permanently constrict blood vessels?

Yes possibly: Smoking leads to diseases like heart disease which causes permanent narrowing of arteries
however the risk of developing disease like heart disease reduce slowly after quitting. ...Read more

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I quit smoking cigarettes 2 months ago and whenever I lie down now I can feel the blood rushing in my veins. Is this normal? Should I be worried?

I quit smoking cigarettes 2 months ago and whenever I lie down now I can feel the blood rushing in my veins. Is this normal? Should I be worried?

Smoking cessation: Congratulations on becoming smoke free. Please do not let any sensation become an excuse to start smoking again. Please see your doc to rule out medical conditions. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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For an insurance discount blood test how long will it take to get cigarette smoking to not show on test? I smoke @3 cigarettes/day.

For an insurance discount blood test how long will it take to get cigarette smoking to not show on test? I smoke @3 cigarettes/day.

1 week: You need to stop smoking as this is never a good choice. But for practical purposes you need to remain 1 week at minimum without smoking. ...Read more

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Why exactly is smoking bad for you heart and blood vessels?

Why exactly is smoking bad for you heart and blood vessels?

Atherosclerosis: It accelerates the process of atherosclerosis or clogging the arteries plus has hypercoagulable effect ie makes ur blood thicker and more prone to develop clots. Nicotine can induce spasms in the coronary arteries and periphral arteries too. ...Read more

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

I'm 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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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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Can drinking alchohol and smoking cigarettes cause varicose veins?

Can drinking alchohol and smoking cigarettes cause varicose veins?

Poor health habits: Nicotine addiction and alcohol are not part of a healthy lifestyle. Over time they increase risk for serious health issues; heart attack, cancer and stroke. Varicose veins are not a serious health issue and they are treatable. Coughing, straining and pelvic pressure (pregnancy) can blow these valves. Be well, focus on healthy habits. ...Read more

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How does smoking affect your blood and/or veins?

How does smoking affect your blood and/or veins?

Several ways.: Smoking causes constriction of the blood vessels. This occurs less commonly in the veins as compared to the arteries. Smoking is one of the major risk factors for the development of atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries). In addition to this it can lead to intrinsic lung disease, which could then lead to thickening of the blood (polycythemia) which could lead to blood clots. ...Read more

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Hello, I'm going for blood tests to see what is causing my migraines, will cigarette smoking come up on these blood tests?

Hello, I'm going for blood tests to see what is causing my migraines, will cigarette smoking come up on these blood tests?

No, but tell doc!: Nicotine levels are not checked routinely. But if you do smoke, you need to tell your doctor because that is an important detail of your health history that may affect diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Would smoking marijuana while taking birth control pills drastically increase risk for blood clots? I know cigarette smoking is not recommended.

Would smoking marijuana while taking birth control pills drastically increase risk for blood clots? I know cigarette smoking is not recommended.

Nobody knows: This isn't the place to discuss the cannabis laws or to compare the risks to those of alcohol. The world medical community mostly considers our harsh cannabis laws to be ill-advised. Nobody's documented that blood clots are a risk for cannabis smokers, and we'd probably know by now if it was. Still -- why use a "recreational substance" that makes people goofy? It's your choice. ...Read more

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Do dilated blood vessels increase perfusion and heatloss, while constricted vessels greatly reduce cutaneous blood?

Do dilated blood vessels increase perfusion and heatloss, while constricted vessels greatly reduce cutaneous blood?

Vasodilatation&const: Vasodilatation causes at the skin level -heat loss for example in fever, alcohol intoxication. Vasoconstriction reduces conservation of heat by avoiding loss of heat bec. Of the constricted vs which occurs in exposure to cold. Increased perfusion because of the vasodilatation or decreased perfusion with vasoconstr. Are initial natural protective reflexes, lost later if the initial event untrea. Ted. ...Read more

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Does fish oil reduce inflammation in blood vessels?

Does fish oil reduce inflammation in blood vessels?

Good quality: Marine fish oil has many research-based benefits. It makes the platelets silky so if you are on a blood thinner consult w/doc. Some folks take 6-8 caps daily under supervision. Poor quality MFO can be contaminated w/toxins so get a good brand that has been purified and is 50% EPA&DHA. Peace and good health. MFO is a powerful overall anti-inflammatory. ...Read more

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Pathogens in prostate enter the blood because massage is vigorous, done for way too long, or the blood vessels are extremely delicate and everywhere?

Pathogens in prostate enter the blood because massage is vigorous, done for way too long, or the blood vessels are extremely delicate and everywhere?

Further clarification: It should be noted that the main risk on prostatic massage is if there is the potential for prostatitis (an infected prostate). The blood vessels in areas of inflammation (as in prostatitis or anywhere else) are "leaky." During a prostatic massage if there is an infection may cause the infection to spread - but generally not under normal circumstances. ...Read more

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Blood vessels that do not burst I have had one on the bottom of my foot for about 1 month. Its very painful, but sometimes it reduces in size and reappears. Is this a sign for a more serious problem

Blood vessels that do not burst I have had one on the bottom of my foot for about 1 month. Its very painful, but sometimes it reduces in size and reappears. Is this a sign for a more serious problem

Multiple reasons: Veins return blood back to the heart and can carry a large volume of blood. Depending on many factors including levels of hydration, genetics, outside temperature and even physical activity, the size of the veins will vary. Another important function of the veins is to help control body temperature and this too will affect vein size. Also with aging, veins enlarge as tissue volume decreases. ...Read more

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What can be done about busted blood vessels/capillaries near the eye?

What can be done about busted blood vessels/capillaries near the eye?

Time: Subconjuctiva hemorrhage is the result of broken capillary or vessels. It's like a bruise on the skin but its red and visible due to clear conjunctiva tissue. It happens from high blood pressure, blood thinner, trauma to the eye, rubbing, straining (coughing, hard sneezing, heavy lifting or constipation). Please make sure to get blood pressure check, and be patient it will disapear. ...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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After minimal echotexture of the liver and few mildly prominente blood vessels at the splenic hilum what a should be done an MRI or a doppler?

After minimal echotexture of the liver and few mildly prominente blood vessels at the splenic hilum what a should be done an MRI or a doppler?

Neither: It is not a good idea to undergo any testing if you are feeling well (actually you said great!). Doing unnecessary testing frequently misleads doctors into areas which may be minor variations of normal anatomy. So doing a test then forces you to do more tests and generates a lot of unwanted anxiety. If you already have anxiety probelms, then it is even more important to do no further testing unles. ...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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When after you quit smoking cigarettes will it show up in blood or urine test?

When after you quit smoking cigarettes will it show up in blood or urine test?

Very Variable: If you quit smoking, your tissues can quickly recover from the damage especially if you have been eating foods with lots of antioxidants like red, orange, yellow fruits and same color plus green leafy vegetables...So the cancer cells may not develop at all unless you have a strong family history of cancer and your immunity has been severely compromised. ...Read more

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Hi doctor, I started smoking weed since 25 days, before that I only used to smoke cigarettes. But now I have started running 3 km daily. So can u please tell me approximate days my body will take to pass the urine or blood test. Thanks?

Hi doctor, I started smoking weed since 25 days, before that I only used to smoke cigarettes. But now I have started running 3 km daily. So can u please tell me approximate days my body will take to pass the urine or blood test. Thanks?

Hard to be sure: Because it depends on HOW MUCH weed you smoked and HOW POTENT it was. The use of very high potency marijuana for 3 weeks, if you were smoking it all day every day, can cause positive urine tests for literally a month or even longer (longest I have seen is 3 months). Hair testing can detect it back for 6 months or longer, depending on hair length and type. Low level use lasts for 3-7 days. ...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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I smoke cigarettes but my ammonia blood test came back normal. Shouldn't it be higher than normal due to smoking? Is my liver not working?

I smoke cigarettes but my ammonia blood test came back normal. Shouldn't it be higher than normal due to smoking? Is my liver not working?

No sign liver issue: A working liver processes the ammonia that is produced during digestion of food. A failing liver cannot work well enough, so less ammonia gets processed. The unprocessed ammonia gets into the bloodstream and from there into the brain, where it causes symptoms such as confusion.

A normal ammonia level does not guarantee a normal liver, but it does not at all suggest an abnormal one. ...Read more

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What are possible reasons for poor and uneven skin tone? I.e. darkly coloured skin (not due to exposure to the sun), blood vessels are faintly visible

What are possible reasons for poor and uneven skin tone? I.e. darkly coloured skin (not due to exposure to the sun), blood vessels are faintly visible

Melasma: Just noormal aging can cause our skin to be unevenly colored. The melanocytes that are deep in our skin, make their way to the top of our skin normally at the same speed, but as we begin to age, the pigment is carried by the cells at different times. There are chemical peels and other modalities that can help with these issues. :) ...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