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Clearing Cholesterol Out Of My Arteries
100 % blocked artery I have 1 artery that is 100% blocked and 2 that is 50% blocked.I'm with the va and they said the 100% blocked artery rerouted two little veins to the bottom of my heart and kind of repaired itself.They are also 50% blocked and too sma
It's : It's a very good question. There are times when we (as cardiologists) will send a patient for bypass surgery of a single 100% blocked vessel, especially if it is the artery on the front of the heart (left anterior descending) and especially if heart muscle function is depressed (ejection fraction). However, if heart muscle function is good and the body has made its own small bypass vessels (collateral arteries) we will often manage single vessel disease like you describe medically. It is then critically important that the other arteries stay healthy since part of the backup system is now gone. Medical management should include drugs that lower the risk of heart attack and plaque progression. Aggressive treatment of cholesterol elevation is critically important. You should also know that surgery is generally pursued to decrease the risk of death or to improve symptoms that can't be controlled medically, and your risk of death may not be high enough to justify the risk of surgery. Surgery does not generally reduce the risk of heart attack though (in the right circumstances) it can make heart attacks more survivable. Although i don't know enough about your condition to give you a definite personal answer, the situation you describe is not unusual. I will say, however, that treatment of your heart disease must include careful attention to minimizing your risk of plaque progression and plaque rupture (i.e. Heart attack), which will likely involve aggressive therapy with statins and/or other cholesterol lowering medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more
Are you on coumadin (warfarin)?: If you are on coumadin (warfarin), (warfarin) 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 (warfarin). If you are on xarelto- well balanced food- that is low in fat-low salt diet would be good. ...Read more
Will taking niacin and experiencing a niacin flush increase blood flow/circulation to the tiny blood vessels in my middle/inner ear?
Flushing : Not clear what the mechanism of flushing is may not be a vascular basis. ...Read more
Can arteries of the heart clog if on a super healthy diet, no cholesterol, no smoking, and low blood pressure?
Ear infection for 4 months,follow up suctions done,recurrent blockage.Feel pressure around forehead and prominent vessels,is it bc of blockage in ear?
I don't think so.: It sounds like a sinus infection.If this has gone on for so long see an ENT doctor. ...Read more
I suffer from high blood pressure and my hands tingle so often. My lipid profile has a LDL of 103 and HDL of 36 can this be the reason ?
In Short: It gets taken up into the cells. Then, immune cells called monocytes see it and turn into their bigger, meaner cousin called macrophages. Those macrophages get angry and foam things up in the tissues and lead to the repetition of this cycle. ...Read more
If oil is coming out of my skin or if i always have an oily skin, is the amount of my LDL cholesterol & triglycerides in the blood decreasing?
Not: Directly as your glands are secreting their own oils. ...Read more
Artherosclerosis is when plaque builds up occluding lumen of arteries, right. How does this affect blood pressure?
My blood clot was due to a mass that was found in the left ventrical of the heart bits and pieces periodlybreaks off, and go throught out the vascular system. What vitamines and minerals can I take?
Vitamins do not help: Your condition is rare but serious and most likely you are by now taking prescription for " blood thinning"- warfarin or similar to it. It is preventing further clothing of blood.Some food and minerals may interfere with efficacy if this drug and you need to specifically ask your doctor about it ! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
I have no cholesterol or diabetes. Had a sonogram of my neck arteries and it showed a build up of 40% on the right side. I'm i in danger?
Pad: No, in fact slight buildup ofplaque in the carotid distribution can be seen in young patients too. You have to adhere to diet and exercise. Perhaps cholesterol pills to stabilize and reduce cv risk. Aggressive risk factors modification especially no smoking. The ultrasound gives a range of narrowing from 0-50% 50-70% and above 70% . Your 40% is mild. ...Read more
See heart doc ASAP!!: This sounds very abnormal. I would see a cardiologist right away. ...Read more
Woken up from sleep with feeling of like blood running down to my feet and up through my whole body , checked blood preasure 150/95 pulse 95 my usual BP is115/75 what can cause this ?
4er visits,1cxr which was clear, lungs sound clear, 9 pack history,25yrs old,coughed up small amount of blood, size of the white on my fingernail,lc??
Feels like my heart in beating out of my chest, checked my blood pressure and heart rate which is 131. Is this normal?
Not clear: Your equestion is not clear. Please reframe it. ...Read more
What are odds of 55 y/o woman with history of high cholesterol,never on statins,with perfect B/P,no smoking,little exercise to have clogged arteries?
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