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What causes plaque in arteries that could form a clot. Can smoking alone do it or needs to be multiple reasons and usually what age?

What causes plaque in arteries that could form a clot. Can smoking alone do it or needs to be multiple reasons and usually what age?

Multiple causes!: Genetic factor, high cholesterol in the form of
oxidized LDL, triglyceridemia & inflammatory process.
Cigarette smoking is considered the most important risk factor for coronary heart disease. Tobacco smoke contains more than 4000 chemicals of which more than 50 have been identified as carcinogens. These chemicals are extremely damaging to the heart. Common above 50, any age depending on risk facto ...Read more

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Artery (Definition)

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


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Could it happen that a fall causes a plaque build up in an artery to break off and cause a complete blockage?

Could it happen that a fall causes a plaque build up in an artery to break off and cause a complete blockage?

No: A mechanical fall does not cause arterial plaque to rupture and cause an embolism. However, if someone experienced an embolism to the brain, lung, or leg it could cause a sudden loss of strength and that could cause a fall. ...Read more

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What causes plaque build up in arteries?

What causes plaque build up in arteries?

Inflammation: It is an ongoing process of damage, inflammation, and scarring that progressively obstructs the blood flow. It is exacerbated by lifestyle, health, family history/heredity, and environmental factors. ...Read more

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How does the build up of plaque in someone with atherosclerosis cause the hardening of the arteries?

How does the build up of plaque in someone with atherosclerosis cause the hardening of the arteries?

Not the same things: Plaque buildup (atherosclerosis) in the arteries can make them less flexible, but the old term "hardening of the arteries" (arteriosclerosis) is usually attributed to a decrease in flexibility of the vessel wall even without any plaque present. It is more related to the collagen/structure of the vessel wall themselves. The utility of this term is waning as medicine advances. ...Read more

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Can heart arteries harden from causes other than plaque build up?

Can heart arteries harden from causes other than plaque build up?

Yes: Heart is a very metabolically active organ and needs several nutrients to function well like coq10, l-carnitine, magnesium, ribose etc and lack of these will cause the vessels to have greater stiffness. Also indiscriminate of calcium supplements is causing abnormal calcifications of the whole body and arteries. ...Read more

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Can plaque build up in your arteries be reversed?

Can plaque build up in your arteries be reversed?

Not really: Plaque build up is one of the causes for poor blood flow to the brain and heart, causing strokes and heart attacks. Seeing your doc and getting a cholesterol test would help the doctor decide if you qualify for statin therapy. An asa a day also may help, but I don't know too many 34 Y.O. Males on asa therapy for arteriosclerosis. Go see your doc and he can test you. Diet & exercise is the key. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been diagnosed with plaque build up in the arteries of my brain.?

What to do if I have been diagnosed with plaque build up in the arteries of my brain.?

Get protected: You are at future risk for stroke, and the severity of the risk depends upon the extent of arterial narrowing. I would suggest you discuss with your doctor whether you should start an anti platelet drug, and/or a statin drug. ...Read more

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What is the main culprit in causing plaque build up in arteries when it comes to food content - saturated fat or cholesterol?

What is the main culprit in causing plaque build up in arteries when it comes to food content - saturated fat or cholesterol?

Both.: Generally speeking saturated fat and cholesterol levels in one's diet corrolate very well with each other, or (again generally speaking) when one goes up they both go up. From that stanpoint, minimizing either should result in a favorable effect. ...Read more

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What are some natural ways to reduce plaque build up in arteries?

Not much: Hi. There's not much "natural" you can do to help reduce atherosclerotic plaque except healthy diet and regular exercise, and obviously don't smoke. The biggest issue, your genetics, is not a modifiable variable. You're young, but there are bad genes that can cause atherosclerotic events in your age group. If you can give us more information, perhaps we can be of greater assistance. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does a normal CT Calcium Score Scan eliminate possibility of Atherosclerosis plaque build up in arteries?

Does a normal CT Calcium Score Scan eliminate possibility of Atherosclerosis plaque build up in arteries?

Not entirely: Usually, a calcium score >100 indicates that calcium deposits are present & that coronary heart disease/obstruction is likely present. Scores between 0 & 100 are considered normal, but this may just indicate a very small amount of calcium that hasn't progressed to disease yet. At your age, follow heart disease prevention--non-smoking, healthy eating/exercise, not calcium score. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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I'm getting a coranary cta this week. Doc said it will show arteries & heart. Will this show if I had a heart attack or plaque build up in arteries?

I'm getting a coranary cta this week. Doc said it will show arteries & heart. Will this show if I had a heart attack or plaque build up in arteries?

CTA for risk: It will look for narrowing of arteries that suggest there is plaque. It will not show a heart attack but will help with identifying risk. Other tests like an ekg would tell if you've had a heart attack. ...Read more

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My friends dad had a drooping eye, doctors ran tests to find that he had plaque build up in an artery close to the brain. ...Best options.? .....

My friends dad had a drooping eye, doctors ran tests to find that he had plaque build up in an artery close to the brain. ...Best options.? .....

Many: How critical is the plaguing? Is it mostly firm? Does it help to have surgery.? Was the drooping on the same side as the blockage? Will the drooping go away? What is my risk now for stroke. ...Read more

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How will plaque build up on the artery walls?

How will plaque build up on the artery walls?

Various ways: You might mean this: damage to the walls causes plaque. Hi blood pressure, cigarettes, high choleserol cause damage and plaques.
The way in which it builds up is gradually over years. ...Read more

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How long does it take for plaque to build up in arteries and is there a way to test for it?

How long does it take for plaque to build up in arteries and is there a way to test for it?

Depends on diet: Arterial plaque has been found at autopsy of gang members (teenagers) and in deceased soldiers. The "western" diet (watch "supersize me" for more info) speeds deposition, while mediterranean & others slow it. Family history and cholesterol levels (if very high) can also contribute. Certain ultrasound studies of the blood vessels can screen for it. Ask your doctor if concerned. ...Read more

Plaque (Definition)

A plaque is a broad, raised area on the skin. For example, patients with psoriasis have a lot of scaly plaques on their ...Read more