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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
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Atherosclerosis (Definition)

Atherosclerosis is a common disease affecting the walls of arteries. Commonly described as "clogged" blood vessels, it can cause heart attack or stroke even without severe blockages: e.g., if blood clots form on plaques. High levels of LDL cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, & aging can all contribute to atherosclerosis, but prevention is possible ...Read more


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How does someone get atherosclerosis?

How does someone get atherosclerosis?

Many factors: Genetic, diet (high fat consumption), lack of exercise, smoking, diabetes etc... ...Read more

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Do people with excellent lipid levels still get atherosclerosis?

Do people with excellent lipid levels still get atherosclerosis?

Yes: But to a lesser degree. Many feel that atherosclerosis is just part of aging as studies have shown it starts to develop around the age of 35. Controlling lipid levels is very important to prevent the rate at which it may become clinically significant. ...Read more

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Atherosclerosis, what is it and can it be prevented or cured? Will everyone get it eventually?

Atherosclerosis, what is it and can it be prevented or cured? Will everyone get it eventually?

Yes and no: Yes it can be prevented by watching what you eat, and checking your good, and bad cholesterol and the rest of your lipid profile frequently and exercise often.
No once it happen, it will not go away the only thing we can do, is preventing it from getting worst. SO THE BLOCKAGE WILL NOT PROGRESS TO A FULL OCLLUSION.
and yes everyone can get it some more than others depend on the genetic making, diet ...Read more

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Is there many vegans that get coronary atherosclerosis?

Is there many vegans that get coronary atherosclerosis?

There can be: There are multiple risk factors for atherosclerosis: hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, family history of heart disease or stroke, getting older, being a man. Being a vegan may help with dietary concerns that influence cholesterol levels, but it does not negate heriditary risk. ...Read more

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Is there something that starts in teenagers that causes them to later get coronary atherosclerosis?

Is there something that starts in teenagers that causes them to later get coronary atherosclerosis?

Yes: The most famous example is from autopsies of us soldiers (ages 18 and above) who died in vietnam. The aortas of many demonstrated fat-laden cells which are the first step toward atherosclerosis. No data, to my knowledge about corresponding lifestyles, but we know many were smokers. ...Read more

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Is there many cases where kids/teenagers get coronary atherosclerosis?

Is there many cases where kids/teenagers get coronary atherosclerosis?

No: Adolescents/children are more likely to have congenital heart malformations such as a patent foremen ovale (hole between the right and left side of the heart) rather than symptomatic coronary atherosclerosis. However, early athersclerotic changes have been observed in arteries of some children. This is especially true for children at risk with obesity, hypertension, or elevated cholesterol levels. ...Read more

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Am I not going to get any blocked arteries eating 4 eggs a day?

Am I not going to get any blocked arteries eating 4 eggs a day?

Maybe: The potential may be there. I would have your cholesterol level checked so you know where you stand on your trig and chol level. ...Read more

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It you are a little overweight but have good cholesterol levels, can you still get blocked arteries?

It you are a little overweight but have good cholesterol levels, can you still get blocked arteries?

Yes: This really depends on how many risk factors, for example people with high blood pressure and smoke should keep there bad cholesterol or LDL at a very low level below normal <70 to prevent coronary artery disease. Overweight by itself is a minor risk factor for atherosclerosis. ...Read more

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Are people with high cholesterol more likely to get blocked arteries? If so, what is the percentage?

Are people with high cholesterol more likely to get blocked arteries? If so, what is the percentage?

Yes it causes blocka: High cholesterol especially LDL the so called bad cholesterol gets deposited over the years and causes blockage of the arteries. But high amount of HDL the good cholesterol is good for your arteries. We can not answer what percentage as it depends on many other factors like how high is the ldl, and what is the ratio of HDL and ldl, and how long the LDL is high and what is the age of the person in ques. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a heart attack without having blocked arteries?

Is it possible to get a heart attack without having blocked arteries?

Yes: Drugs, coronary artery spasm and many other things can cause a heart attack without any blocked arteries. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is possible to get a heart attack without blocked arteries?

Please explain if it is possible to get a heart attack without blocked arteries?

Myonecrosis: Heart attack is the death of the heart muscles. If there is severe low oxygen from any cause the heart fails and the tissues die. The only experience I know of heart attack per se in young people without known atherosclerosis is when they use drugs like meth and we presume that is due to the vessel vasoconstriction and impeding of blood flow. ...Read more

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Can heart massage therapy help open blocked arteries?

No, sorry...: The best approach to blocked arteries is prevention & picking your parents carefully. Failing that, aggressive lifestyle changes and judicious use of appropriate medications to achieve targets based on compelling objective clinical trials data are your next best option. If significantly blocked arteries remain, then angioplasty ± stents, or bypass surgery. Massage rx will not open blockages. ...Read more

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High cholesterol, lots of pvcs, chest pressure and short of breath. I'm worried I have blocked arteries but dr will only get ecg insisting I'm to young?

High cholesterol, lots of pvcs, chest pressure and short of breath. I'm worried I have blocked arteries but dr will only get ecg insisting I'm to young?

See a cardiologist: See a cardiology sub specialist in an academic center who may be more in tune with cardiac presentation in women and get you the correct treatment; or reassurance after appropriate testing done. If you reside in Northern Calif go to Stanford's women's heart center. If u love in Southern California go to Cedars Sinai women's heart center. ...Read more

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I have Raynaud's Syndrome and experience burning pain in my fingers and palms, swelling, numbness & tingling on a daily basis for hours on end. In addition, my skin feels thick, oily, and tight. Is this normal? I'm afraid I have atherosclerosis.

I have Raynaud's Syndrome and experience burning pain in my fingers and palms, swelling, numbness & tingling on a daily basis for hours on end. In addition, my skin feels thick, oily, and tight. Is this normal? I'm afraid I have atherosclerosis.

Raynaud's Syndrome: Please do what your doc says but consider a natural approach. Neo 40 is a beet root product to help circulation and has some research suggesting usefulness in Raynaud's. The pain may also be from neuropathy and sublingual vitamin B12 can be used to help w/that. See your doc or a nutritionist. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What is atherosclerosis?

Plaque: Buildup of plaque and cholesterol deposits, etc. In the arteries--- "hardening of the arteries". Risk factors--- smoking, family history, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, age ...Read more

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What's atherosclerosis from?

What's atherosclerosis from?

Multifactorial: Usually a combination of having a family history, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol, smoking. These are the main players. ...Read more

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What causes atherosclerosis?

What causes atherosclerosis?

Multiple Factors: Atherosclerosis, also known as “hardening of the arteries”, occurs when areas of the artery wall thicken in response to either increased modifiable (high LDL particle levels, smoking or high blood pressure)and non-modifiable (genetics, age, gender) risk factors. Over time, areas of focal thickening may grow into a larger lesion called a “plaque" that can limit blood flow through the vessel. ...Read more

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Can atherosclerosis be cured?

No: Medications and life style changes can prevent it from progressing and at times cause some regression, but will not cure it. ...Read more

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Is atherosclerosis hereditary?

Is atherosclerosis hereditary?

It can be: Yes, atherosclerosis, cholesterol and many other factors can be hereditary - there is a genetic factor - but that is not the end of the story. Smoking, diabetes, overweight/obesity, diet, exercise, cholesterol control (i.e. The preceeding and medications) can influence the progress of atherosclerosis. 1st: know you numbers, 2nd: control the aforementioned factors and take your rx (s). ...Read more

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What does atherosclerosis mean?

Plaque build up: It is hardening of the arteries, caused by fat, cholesterol, and other substances building up in the arteries - this is called plaque - making the arteries stiffer. This plaque interferes with the normal function of the arteries and can cause problems and symptoms throughout the body. The plaque can block the arteries and/or it can break off and flow to smaller vessels and block them. ...Read more

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How does atherosclerosis start?

Multiple causes: Atherosclerosis is a complex process with diffrent risk factors. Age, htn, high cholesterol, diabetes, family history, tobacco use. The liningof blood vessel has a barrier that protects it. If something causes damage to this, than cholesterol can enter the wall of the vessel and accumulate. Such things as high blood pressue and diabetes are examples of dz that can damage the lining and promote ashd. ...Read more

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Can you reverse atherosclerosis?

Maybe: Medication and life style changes can prevent progression and in some cases cause some reversal of the disease. ...Read more

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What happens in atherosclerosis?

What happens in atherosclerosis?

Progression, Closure: White blood cells, mostly macrophages, invade the walls of the arteries to remove low density lipoprotein (fat carrying protein) particles. Macrophages die if overwhelmed with LDL & cannot export their ingested fat into high density lipoprotein particles. The artery wall thickens & enlarges; no symptoms decades. Plaque rupture induces sudden clots, debris downstream, sudden narrowing & closure. ...Read more

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When could atherosclerosis begin?

When could atherosclerosis begin?

Even in Pre-teens: While atherosclerosis is detectable in preteens it's consequences typically do the manifest until the 50's or later. Atherosclerosis is primarily a consequence of an unhealthy diet with obesity being the main risk factor. ...Read more

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How does atherosclerosis progress?

Slowly: Atheroscleroisis is a slow degenerative and proliferative process until a plaque ruptures and ulcerates, suddenly sub-totally blocking an artery. The process is completed by a clot forming at the site of ulceration. Until that day, it's a silent, gradual buildup of cholesterol, calcium, smooth muscle cells, macrophages and debris. ...Read more

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When does atherosclerosis develop?

Can start as child: It is a progressive hardening of the arteries, caused by fat, cholesterol, and other substances building up in the arteries - this is called plaque - making the arteries stiffer. This plaque interferes with the normal function of the arteries and can cause problems and symptoms throughout the body. The plaque can block the arteries and/or it can break off and flow to smaller vessels and block them. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Busuttil
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Blocked Arteries (Definition)

Blocked arteries is a condition in which a person has decreased or no blood flow in one or more of his arteries, due to obstructions inside the artery such as thick plaques, floating clumps of broken plaques, blood clots, etc... Severe compression due to a problem on the outside of an artery can also ...Read more