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Drugs That Remove Plaque From Arteries
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
Can you tell me about plaque that's already there in arteries. Can it be (but not by surgery!) removed?
Vinegar: I am not aware of studies that show that apple cider vinegar does this. ...Read more
Is it true that decreasing LDL cholesterol and increasing HDL cholesterol removed plaque from arteries?
Reducing LDL and increasing HDL can reduce plaque in arteries.
For good health - 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, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more
"For patients with a narrowing of an artery between 50% and 99%, it is recommended that surgery to remove the plaque carotid endarterectomy," True?
Complex: There is recent data suggesting that medication management may be as successful as surgery in stroke prevention, and there is another surgical intervention called stenting. Since patients vary and may do best with different approaches, get a few opinions prior to deciding the ultimate l pathway. ...Read more
Any drugs out there to break up plaque in coronary arteries rather than all invasive stuff? Clot buster drugs but nothing for plaque?
No.: The various kinds of plaque that build up in the arteries have been building up for years, in some cases even decades. There is no medicine that will undo the remodeling due to years or decades of high blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, etc. The best strategy is to modify the modifiable risk factors (and hope you have good genes). ...Read more
Atherosclerosis: Narrowing or 'hardening of the arteries' seems like the body's way of planned obsolescence--or complete wearing out. Over time our arteries become more narrow and certain conditions speed up the process: smoking, diabetes (and overweight/metabolic syndrome), hi blood pressure, and hi cholesterol. Exercise can slow down the process. Plaque build up in arteries leads to heart attack and strokes. ...Read more
Calcium and platlets: Theory is bacteria damage internal lining of arteries causing small ulcers next invaded by white blood cells and coat of fats (cholesterol), calcium, & a mat of blood platlets, all called plaque. It is as if the arteries have their own patch repair kit. Overtime plaque cracks and process recurs causing buildup that blocks ready passage of blood &, if bore of artery closed off, an heart attack. ...Read more
Family practice : As we age our arteries develope small cracks on its walls. Many things can speed up this process. Smoking , diabetes, hypertension and family history. Cholesterol comes along and tries to patch these areas up. Over time it justs builds up. If we have a high cholesterol or triglyceride the build up is faster. So it is important to correct all those factors to help prevent stroke and heart attack. ...Read more
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 dont 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
Early fatty streaks appear as a teenager and progress from there. So if they are visible then must have started sooner. They are not a normal part of being human unless you feed your genome wrong.
DASH eating plan.
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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
Vascular disease: The clogging plaque can be removed or bypassed at surgery or with a stent or balloon placed angiographically. Then managing hypertension, nicotine, lipids, and diabetes will help stabilize the plaque long term. It takes a team approach. Anti platelet therapy is a baby Aspirin daily. Nicotine cessation is very important. ...Read more
Yes to a point: Some studies have shown a MODEST reversal in atherosclerosis, so the key is PREVENTION. See your doctor about what lifestyle changes you can make to prevent atherosclerosis, and have your lipid levels checked. Ask to have the "Boston Heart Panel" for a better picture of your cardiovascular risks, because abnormal cholesterol levels are only about 25% of the risk picture. ...Read more
There are a lot: Garlic…grapes, crape fruit juice, cherries sweet.Strawberries, applessweet patato, green tea, hawthorn tea, olive of oil, salmon, spinch, garbanzo beans, tamatos, all of those will to clean the arteries, but please consult your doctor. ...Read more
Part of being human: Plaque is when the fat in the bloodstream build up inside the arteries and then get calcified causing atherosclerosis and plaque. Clues come from your blood tests and of course any symptoms you may have in your heart, legs, brain, and other areas. Do you have a strong family history ? It is not so much the presence of plaque which happens to us all but rather the effect of this plaque. ...Read more
How come it takes so long for arteries to block up from plaque even when you hsve all the risk factors?
Luck: good vs bad: There are many factors that go into blocking an artery, including good vs bad luck. Even with many risk factors, you may not suffer from clinically apparent disease while others w/just one risk might suffer a catastrophic event. Slow build up of plaque takes time while abrupt plaque rupture is almost instantaneous. Regardless, it's best to reduce/optimize all risk factors as best as possible. ...Read more
What is the name of the most advanced scan or test that will show plaque buildup in arteries as if one were looking through a straw?
At what age should a person first be checked for plaque in the arteries? Dont tell me "only if you have symptoms" i don't take any chances. What age?
It's not so simple: The problem is that there is no proved, effective test to check for plaque in the absence of symptoms. Controversial methods include "calcium scanning", ultrasound, and others, but most experts consider them unreliable. Even if abnormal, without symptoms usually there is no treatment except what should be done anyway (no smoking, exercise, weight and BP control, drug Rx if abnormal lipids, etc). ...Read more
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