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Doctor insights on: Clearing Cholesterol Out Of My Arteries

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Is it fat or cholesterol that clogs arteries?

Is it fat or cholesterol that clogs arteries?

It's several things: Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is a complex process. The majority of a plaque ("blockage") is made up of cholesterol and triglycerides that come packaged in ldl-cholesterol particles. Although we say ldl-cholesterol, there is triglyceride also. The plaque also contains many white blood cells which turn into immobile cells called foam cells. The plaque is an area of inflammation. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more


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What are the best preventive foods for fighting cholesterol and healthy arteries?

What are the best preventive foods for fighting cholesterol and healthy arteries?

See below: Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco in any form and do not take any more than one drink on a given day. ...Read more

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How can fat and cholesterol get into your blood system and clog up the arteries?

How can  fat and cholesterol get into your blood system and clog up the arteries?

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

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I'm just wondering, if you have normal cholesterol can you have a narrowed artery?

I'm just wondering, if you have normal cholesterol can you have a narrowed artery?

Atherosclerosis: Cholesterol is only one risk factor associated with narrowed vessels. Narrowed vessels can occur with normal cholesterol. ...Read more

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Can spices remove plaque or just keep existing arteries clear of oxidized cholesterol?

Can spices remove plaque or just keep existing arteries clear of oxidized cholesterol?

Cholesterol: Spices can make your food taste better if used appropriately, we have all experienced this and the evidence is good for it. There is no rigorous scientific evidence that spices will remove plaque or keep arteries open. ...Read more

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I had slightly elevated cholesterol for last 10 years Age 35 Total 200~240. Is there any test to access the damage i have done so far to arteries. ?

I had slightly elevated cholesterol for last 10 years Age 35 Total 200~240. Is there any test to access the damage i have done so far to arteries. 
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High cholesterol: Hi. Total cholesterol is a fairly uninformative number, and treatment decisions should not be based on it. It helps to know your overall profile. If "high" is due to HDL, no problem. If "high" is due to LDL, that is a risk for atherosclerosis. Are your triglycerides high or normal? Hi triglycerides correlate with low HDL, which is another risk for atherosclerosis. So without more information... ...Read more

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If cholesterol clogs your arteries, why are eggs healthy?

If cholesterol clogs your arteries, why are eggs healthy?

Not just cholesterol: Eggs have more than cholesterol in them. Two whole eggs (and almost unlimited egg whites) are good for you. Egg yolks have lutein, which is good for vision. Egg white are a fat free source of protein! ...Read more

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Could normal cholesterol in blood indicate your arteries are healthy?

Arteries: The health of arteries depends on many factors, cholesterol is just one factor of many. Its better to have normal cholesterol but it isn't the only variable. ...Read more