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How do diabetes and smoking lead to clogged arteries?

How do diabetes and smoking lead to clogged arteries?

Inflammation: Complex answer. Check out heart.Org for american heart association's discussion. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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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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Does smoking always lead to hypertension and arteriosclerosis?

Does smoking always lead to hypertension and arteriosclerosis?

No but why take risk: While smoking doesn't ALWAYS lead to hypertension & arteriosclerosis, this doesn't give you a free pass to make like a chimney. We know your blood vessels narrow down almost immediately from smoking, which decreases blood to your heart & brain (plus penis in men). Which is why the best/easiest/cheapest way to lower your risk for heart attack, stroke & even lung cancer is to quit smoking. ...Read more

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If I have high cholesterol and I'm young shouldn't dr order test to see how clogged my arteries are? To prevent heart attack ?

If I have high cholesterol and I'm young shouldn't dr order test to see how clogged my arteries are? To prevent heart attack ?

Cad: Risk factor management in the setting of asymptotic patients is best prevention. Weight, cholesterol, fitness, screen for diabetes and hypertension . No smoking ...Read more

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What lifestyle changes can I make to decrease my risk for carotid artery disease?

What lifestyle changes can I make to decrease my risk for carotid artery disease?

Many: Lose weight, lower your cholesterol, control your diabetes, lower your blood pressure, lower your stress. These are all within your power to affect but it will take some work on your part. ...Read more

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How do the kidney and vascular diseases contribute to hypertension?

How do the kidney and vascular diseases contribute to hypertension?

Renin-Aldosterone: Entire medical books have been written on this mechanism of action. Basically when the kidney has a blockage in the arteries leading to it it perceives a low blood pressure. Since the kidney has the ability to release a chemical signal that tells the body to increase blood pressure it does just that. The problem is is that blood pressure is increased throughout the entire body, not just the kidney, and can have adverse effects. ...Read more

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How can I unclog arteries in my heart and keep cholesterol down?

How can I unclog arteries in my heart and keep cholesterol down?

Risk modification: I am assuming you have coronary artery disease and possibly an ischemic event. We are dealing with secondary prevention. Do not smoke, aggressive lipid modification with statins drugs(lower LDL less than 100 and less than 70 if dm and cad), diabetes treatment, BP less than 130/80, Aspirin 81mg a day, Plavix (clopidogrel) if CAD and revascularization done(pci/stent), weight control, physician manage exercise. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could sugar and salt, such tiny particles cause high blood pressure, blocked arteries, overweightness, etc?

Can you tell me how could sugar and salt, such tiny particles cause high blood pressure, blocked arteries, overweightness, etc?

Body response: It's not the particles themselves that cause the problems. Sugar leads to increase in blood sugar and the body's response to this is secretion of certain hormones, including things like cortisol (a steroid), which can have elevate blood pressure. Same with sodium, except the effect comes from the kidneys, a different hormone is secreted, but again, that hormone causes increase in blood pressure. ...Read more

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How could HDL and LDL lead to coronary heart disease?

How could HDL and LDL lead to coronary heart disease?

Atherogenic: High LDL and low HDL both promote the development and progression of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) which is the cause of blocked arteries in chd. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop coronary arteries from bieng blocked by plaque?

What can I do to stop coronary arteries from bieng blocked by plaque?

Know your numbers: Speak with you doctor about your total cholesterol and HDL cholesterol levels. Regular exercise and limitation of fatty, cholesterol containing food in your diet is likely to help. ...Read more

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How can wrong nutrition leads to coronary heart disease?

How can wrong nutrition leads to coronary heart disease?

Increase fat deposit: Processed sugar and flour can cause diabetes which accelerates arteriosclerosis which clogs arteries, saturated fats and trans-fats can also contribute. Avoid processed foods, fried foods, and food made with partially hydrogenated oils. ...Read more

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Can eating too much at once (eg. Binge eating) cause damage to your arteries and blood vessels? Specifically your heart and head.

Can eating too much at once (eg. Binge eating) cause damage to your arteries and blood vessels? Specifically your heart and head.

See below: Over time frequent intake of large amounts of fat and sugars (often associated with binges) will likely increase the risk of strokes, heart attacks and damage to arteries. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent stroke and high blood pressure? I have them as heredity

What can I do to prevent stroke and high blood pressure? I have them as heredity

Exercise: Keeping your weight down to it's ideal goal through diet and exercise is your best defense. Moderating your salt intake would also be wise. Finally, keeping regular checkups with your primary care provider to monitor you for signs of developing disease would be smart. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could artificial sweetener cause atherosclerosis and high blood pressure?

Can you tell me how could artificial sweetener cause atherosclerosis and high blood pressure?

Build up of fatty ma: It causes build up of fatty material along the walls of the artery, which leads to high cholesterol and high bp, according to a study in 2011 published in molecules and cells. ...Read more

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How can you get rid of the cholesterol that already clogs your arteries?

How can you get rid of the cholesterol that already clogs your arteries?

No easy way: Rarely do cholesterol plaques regress. There are a couple of studies showing that very high-dose statin use (crestor (rosuvastatin) or lipitor) can cause some regression of plaques, but it is incomplete and not clinically significant. Most of the time it is a matter of managing the plaques that are there to prevent them from progressing and to prevent new plaques from forming. ...Read more

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How can cigarette smoking can lead to hypertension?

How can cigarette smoking can lead to hypertension?

Smoking- HTN: While smoking has not been conclusively proven to cause high blood pressure, each cigarette you smoke temporarily increases your blood pressure for many minutes after you finish. ...Read more

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What would cause me to sweat a lot i'm 54 have diabetes and coronary artery disease?

What would cause me to sweat a lot i'm 54 have diabetes and coronary artery disease?

Multiple causes: Sweating implies excessive Adrenalin secretion (sympathetic nerve stimulation). This could happen for multiple reasons. Poor stamina, cardiac dysfunction, BP abnormalities, low blood sugar, excessive thyroid, infection, and autonomic nervous system dysfunction due to oth physiologic stressors are some of the possibilities. If no obvious cause, would suggest you see your doctor for checkup. ...Read more

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What changes can I make to my diet to reduce my risk of heart disease?

What changes can I make to my diet to reduce my risk of heart disease?

Cardiac risk factors: Lower the amount of saturated fats, simple sugars, and red meats in your diet. Reducing carbohydrates and replacing with lean protein choices (example fish), and a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Overall, simulating the meditteranean diet may be quite heart-healthy and prove to aid in risk reduction. ...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

Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Atherosclerosis (Definition)

Atherosclerosis is a common disease affecting the walls of arteries. Commonly described as "clogged" blood vessels, it can cause heart attack or stroke even without severe blockages: e.g., if blood clots form on plaques. High levels of LDL cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, & aging can all contribute to atherosclerosis, but prevention is possible ...Read more


Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

A group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the ...Read more