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How can arteriosclerosis be prevented?

How can arteriosclerosis be prevented?

Life stlye changes: Prevention of arteriosclerosis is possible but not gaurenteed. Some pts can follow a very healthy life style and still get arteriosclerosis. This so because genetics play a key role in developemennt . Also not all risk factors have been discovered yet. The following are the accepted risks.Age, gender, high cholesterol, high blood pressure , diabetes, family history, and tob. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Arteriosclerosis (Definition)

It is the hardening of the arteries commonly associated with natural aging ...Read more


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How can you prevent arteriosclerosis?

Atherosclerosis: Treat risk factors before you have symptoms/ problems. If you have a strong family history, you can't be checked out young enough! 1. Treat high blood pressure, diabetes, lipids and triglycerides 2. Lose weight, exercise, quit smoking 3. Low fat, low glycemic diet. ...Read more

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What can someone do to prevent arteriosclerosis?

Common sense: Primary prevention is essential to a healthy long life. Certain cardiac risk factors can be modified others cant. You can't change your age, gender, family history, etc. You can modify and change things like your weight, sedentary life style, your diet etc. If you have diabetes or hypertension strict controll and medical compliance is essential.The more risk factors the more agressive you need to be. ...Read more

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Is arteriosclerosis reversible?

Not really: Don't believe everything you hear. Atherosclerosis can be stabilized with current meds/treatments but significant regression (>10%) is extremely difficult to demonstrate in humans. Atherosclerosis is a chronic disease. There is no "cure". ...Read more

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Why is arteriosclerosis chronic?

It progresses: Because once it develops it is not very reversible. It tends to get progressinvely worse as you age. You can slow down the process or even in some cases reverse it by eliminatiing your risk factors. ...Read more

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Why is arteriosclerosis dangerous?

Why is arteriosclerosis dangerous?

Blocks blood flow: Arteriosclerosis is dangeous if it restricts blood flow to vital organs by causing build-up of plaque that narrows the inside of arteries. However the most potential for harm comes from the rare instances where atherosclerotic plaques may become inflamed and suddently activate clotting components, leading to a sudden complete (or near-complete) obstruction of blood flow. ...Read more

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Can someone die from arteriosclerosis?

Can someone die from arteriosclerosis?

Arteriosclerosis: Of the heart is the most common cause of death in men and women in the U.S. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of arteriosclerosis?

What are symptoms of arteriosclerosis?

Sometimes none: Atherosclerosis is progressive "hardening" of the arteries caused by cholesterol build up. While most patients have chest pain or shortness of breath, for many patients their first symptom is a heart attack or sudden death. Fortunately atherosclerosis can controlled/prevented with a healthily lifestyle, not smoking, and medicines when appropriate. ...Read more

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What does arteriosclerosis feel like?

What does  arteriosclerosis feel like?

Asymptomatic: The process of cholesterol buildup in between the walls of your arteries is silent. If it becomes significant, depending on the location, you can develop symptoms from low blood flow through the affected vessels with exertion/stress- ex heart, walking, eating. ...Read more

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Are there other forms of arteriosclerosis?

Are there other forms of arteriosclerosis?

Arteriosclerosis : Arteriosclerosis aka atherosclerosis is a systemic process and may occur in any and all arterial beds including the arteries that supply blood to the heart, brain, kidneys, extremities and the intestines. Prevention is of paramount importance and risk factor modification remains the best form of prevention. ...Read more

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Am I allowed to fly if I have arteriosclerosis?

Yes: If you're stable - no heart attack or warning symptoms of impending heart attack in the last 4 weeks, you should be okay. ...Read more

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Is it okay to fly if you have arteriosclerosis?

Usually: Especially if you are referring to commercial flights as the cabins are pressurized . This does not usually lead to problems . If you have advanced atherosclerosis and or severe heart failure check with your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the possible causes of arteriosclerosis?

Loaded question: That is a loaded question, however of course the easiest answer is that it is commonly thought to be caused by things like "bad" genes, high blood pressure, dense particles of cholesterol, and finally perhaps the most important one, inflammation. More and more people are discovering that the underlying reason appears to be an inflammatory process. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are symptoms of arteriosclerosis?

I was wondering what are symptoms of arteriosclerosis?

Arteriosclerosis: Read this: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-conditions/atherosclerosis/basics/definition/con-20026972.

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I was wondering what are other forms of arteriosclerosis?

Arteriosclerosis: Read this: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-conditions/atherosclerosis/basics/definition/con-20026972.

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I was wondering what are the sequence of events that occurs in arteriosclerosis?

I was wondering what are the sequence of events that occurs in arteriosclerosis?

Arteriosclerosis: It is a very lengthy answer. Please refer to the following article: http://circ.Ahajournals.Org/content/91/9/2488.Long. ...Read more

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Is arteriosclerosis fatal?

It can be: Hardening of the arteries, specially those of the heart , due to plaque formation from cholesterol, can cause a fatal heart attack among other things, thus low saturated fats consumption, exercise, may decrease the level of cholesterol, LDL and your risk of heart disease and death from arteriosclerosis. ...Read more

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And is there a cure for arteriosclerosis?

And is there a cure for arteriosclerosis?

Management: Start by seeing your dr for evaluation. Reduce weight - BMI < 28, eat right: low fat, low (bad) cholesterol, consider high quality fish oil, cessation of smoking, exercise (if you are healthy enough per your physician), reduce alcohol consumption, take prescribed medications as directed. Know your numbers: cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and work with your physician to optimize them. ...Read more

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