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How effective is amlodipine (Norvasc) for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

How effective is amlodipine (Norvasc) for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

Indirect: Norvasc (amlodipine) is a calcium channel blocker type of blood pressure medication. It's purpose is to treat and control hypertension. High blood pressure can contribute to the development and worsening of CAD among many other factors so the medication is only indirectly helping to treat CAD. Diet, exercise, and not smoking are all effective in helping combat and even preventing CAD for most people. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
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Atherosclerosis (Definition)

Atherosclerosis is the most common disease in 1st world countries & results in loss of blood supply, heart attack, stroke, etc. body wide. It is within the walls of arteries, without symptoms until plaques rupture releasing debris & inducing blood clots. ↑ed age, LDL-particles, blood glucose &/or pressure, ↓ HDL & smoking All ↑ incidence of events. Optimizing changeable ...Read more


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How effective is atorvastatin (Lipitor) for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

How effective is atorvastatin (Lipitor) for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

Cholesterol: is what the medication addresses. By changing the cholesterol profile inflammation is reduced leading to plaque stabilization. This limits the potential for heart attacks. Atorvastatin and other statins have been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events and complications. It should be taken by those with cardiovascular risk factors. ...Read more

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What treatment option integrates treatment for high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, atherosclerosis, and coronary heart?

What treatment option integrates treatment for high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, atherosclerosis, and coronary heart?

Best to Address All: The LDL & HDL lipoproteins (protein particles which carry all fats in the water outside cells, see NMR particle test) are the primary issue, along with blood glucose (optimal hba1c ?5.0%), blood pressure (sbp ?120 mmhg), no smoking & several other issues, known & not. Thus best to address all issues in unisyn, do not aim for normal. Instead aim for excellence: absence of drivers of the disease. ...Read more

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How effective is pravastatin (Pravachol) for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

How effective is pravastatin (Pravachol) for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

Effective but...: Pravachol (pravastatin) below to the class of lipid lowering agents called Statins. Statins are effective in preventing heart disease, but a big component of effectiveness is in lowering inflammation and not just treating cholesterol. There are some downsides to Statins including liver abnormality, muscle ache and some cases of increasing diabetes risk. See Your Vibrant Heart book. ...Read more

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Is terminalia arjuna good for heart and cholesterol control?

Is terminalia arjuna good for heart and cholesterol control?

Ayurvedic Rx: This is the leaves of a particular tree usually ground up in milk. I found a couple of small studies from two decades ago in an indian cardiology journal but there's been no scientific follow-up. Don't spend too much money or use this other than an adjunct to a program of fitness, good diet, and good heart care. ...Read more

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How effective is lovastatin (Mevacor) for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

How effective is lovastatin (Mevacor) for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

Very important: This group of drugs (statins) works in two ways, lowering cholesterol and decreasing arterial inflammation There are many studies that statins reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and death in patients with vascular disease. IT is less clear how effective , or necessary, they are in patients who have no signs of vascular disease and normal lipid profile ...Read more

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How effective is simvastatin (Zocor) for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

How effective is simvastatin (Zocor) for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

Important part: "Statins" are an important part of treating all types of arteriosclerosis. They help reduce "bad" cholesterol and lower the inflammatory response in arteries even in patietns with relatively normal cholesterol. There are man ytrials that have shown the benefit of :Statins" such as Simvastatin in reducing heart attack, stroke and peripheral vascular symptoms in patients who have had symptoms. ...Read more

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How effective is clopidogrel (Plavix) for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

How effective is clopidogrel (Plavix) for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

An important tool: CLopidogrel reduces the incidence of both heart attack and stroke. TI helps by reducing the 'stickiness" of platelets which are essential for clot to form. IT is one of several drugs, including aspirin, that can function in this way. Patients who have not have stents can take either of these with good results. Patients with stents usually take both aspirin and clopidogrel for at least 3-6 months ...Read more

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Any of you use alternative medicine for atherosclerosis or CAD coronary arterial disease?

Any of you use alternative medicine for atherosclerosis or CAD coronary arterial disease?

DependsOnWhatYouMean: E.G.Niacin, aka vitamin b3, has a >50 year track record of achieving reductions in atherosclerotic disease progression and events. However, not effective until doses >1, 000 mg/day are routinely taken. I have taken 2, 000/day since 1995 and have many (not all) clients who are very successful with this, as one of many tools/strategies. However, Niacin can easily induce skin flushing, strategy is key. ...Read more

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How effective is smoking cessation for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

How effective is smoking cessation for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

Coronary artery dise: Smoking is extremely effective at making CAD worse. Stopping smoking helps keep it from getting worse in concert with other treatments. ...Read more

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How effective is isosorbide dinitrate for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

How effective is isosorbide dinitrate for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

Isosorbide dinitrate: Iosorbide dinitrate is beneficial in the treatment & prevention of angina. ...Read more

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How effective is angioplasty for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

How effective is angioplasty for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

Angioplasty: For patients with appropriate indications, coronary angioplasty is an effective treatment. The important words are appropriate indication and this is patient specific. The discussion needs to be had with the cardiologist who knows the patient best. ...Read more

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How effective is nitroglycerin (Nitro-Bid) for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

How effective is nitroglycerin (Nitro-Bid) for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

Good but: Nitroglycerin is a short acting medication used to dilate blood vessels. This helps to relieve symptoms of angina. Nitroglycerin does not treat the blockage of heart disease. You should see your doctor if you are having episodes of angina. Good luck. ...Read more

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How effective is a coronary stent for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

How effective is a coronary stent for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

Stent: When treating an obstructed coronary artery with a stent is the appropriate treatment, the stent if properly placed and without complications is usually 90-95% effective at relieving the symptoms associated with the obstructed artery. Stenting is not necessarily appropriate for all patients and treatment needs to be individualized. Discuss with your cardiologist. ...Read more

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How effective is nitroglycerin (NitroQuick) for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

How effective is nitroglycerin (NitroQuick) for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

Nitro: The drug is effective for treating angina when it occurs and when taken before some stress can help prevent or minimize the resultant chest discomfort. It does nothing long term for the disease process. ...Read more

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Is fish oil really beneficial for cardiovascular disease?

Is fish oil really beneficial for cardiovascular disease?

Yes: Fish oil usage is associated with reductions in sudden death and a trend to reductions in cardiovascular risk. A large clinical trail is ongoing to further define the impact of fish oil on heart disease risk. Intake of several servings of oily fish per week is recommended by the american heart association. The recent meta-analysis that raised concern is largely a statistical anomaly. ...Read more

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Is Lipitor (atorvastatin) good for heart?

Yes: If you have elevated cholesterol that needs to be treated, then Lipitor (atorvastatin) is an excellent choice. ...Read more

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Is Clopidogrel and Fenofibrate combination (Generic in UK (Fibrazate) for TIA from Carotid Artery Effective ?.

Is  Clopidogrel  and Fenofibrate  combination (Generic in UK (Fibrazate)  for TIA from Carotid Artery Effective ?.

Yes and ?No: It depends on the condition of your carotids. If there is major degree of Atherosclerosis, then these medicines are of limited use as they are mainly preventive in benefits and work best for those who have no TIAs(which indicate high chance of severe disease). You should get your carotids checked with Ultrasound and or MRI/A to determine the extent of disease. Surgery(Endartrectomy) may help. ...Read more

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How has crestor (rosuvastatin) been beneficial in the treatment of heart diseases?

How has crestor (rosuvastatin) been beneficial in the treatment of heart diseases?

Yes.: Crestor (rosuvastatin) has been shown to slow plaque buildup in arteries, or in some instances regression. It has been proven to reduce both the likelyhood of mis and strokes. ...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