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How do doctors diagnose arteriosclerosis?

How do doctors diagnose arteriosclerosis?

Many tests: Through carotid (ultrasound) scan, nuclear stress test, stress echocardiogram, echocardiogram, pet scan, ct scan, mri, ankle brachial index test, peripheral ultrasound, ekgs. These tests are only used after a thorough history and physical that provides the indications for the appropriate test(s). ...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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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is arteriosclerosis and why is it dangerous?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is arteriosclerosis and why is it dangerous?

Atherosclerosis: This is our most important single disease. It involves accumulations of cholesterol beneath tough fibrous tissue, narrowing arteries. This causes angina, dementia, loss of legs, and more. If the plaques break, cholesterol embolizes causing strokes, or the blood clots causing heart attacks. Weakening of the wall causes aneurysms that burst. 'healthy lifestyles' especially target atherosclerosis. ...Read more

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Help doctors! what're the treatments for arteriosclerosis?

Help doctors! what're the treatments for arteriosclerosis?

Arteriosclerosis: We use diet, exercise, not smoking, statin drugs and sometimes other medications and procedures. When atherosclerosis is bad enough to threaten life or limb, we sometimes need to do surgery to try and preserve flow to the threatened system. Surgery isn't a cure but can be life or limb saving when the situation demands. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Help doctors! what're the treatments available for arteriosclerosis besides surgery?

Help doctors! what're the treatments available for arteriosclerosis besides surgery?

Arteriosclerosis: We use diet, exercise, not smoking, statin drugs and sometimes other medications and procedures. When atherosclerosis is bad enough to threaten life or limb, we sometimes need to do surgery to try and preserve flow to the threatened system. Surgery isn't a cure but can be life or limb saving when the situation demands. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What can arteriosclerosis cause?

Plethora of problems: Arteriosclerosis/atherosclerosis can result in a plethora of problems such as erectile dysfunction, claudication, dementia, heart attacks, strokes, and premature death. ...Read more

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Which people get arteriosclerosis?

Atherosclerosis: Anybody can... Risks include: 1. Genetics 2. Untreated high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol/triglycerides, diabetes. 3. Smoking 4.Obesity, low functional capacity (lack of exercise) 5. Age and gender. ...Read more

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How can you cure arteriosclerosis?

Manage: There is no cure for atherosclerosis but you can manage it: quit smoking!, lose weight: BMI <28, control blood pressure, control cholesterol, exercise every day (clear program with your doctor), take prescribed medications, control blood sugar, change diet to low fat, low sugar. Take care of yourself and you can control this disease process! ...Read more

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What does arteriosclerosis lead to?

Blockage(s): It leads to progressive hardening of the arteries, caused by fat, cholesterol, and other substances building up in the arteries-this is called plaque - making the arteries stiffer.This plaque interferes with the normal function of the arteries and can cause problems and symptoms throughout the body.The plaque can block the arteries and/or it can break off and flow to smaller vessels and block them. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for arteriosclerosis?

Atherosclerosis: Those with family history, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, overweight, men and post-menopausal women. There is a web site for framingham risk profile to check your individual risk. ...Read more

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How can I reverse arteriosclerosis ?

Reverse arterioscler: If you find out, please let the rest of us know. The only studies to show reversal have been with high dose statins and rigorous diet and they show only small amount of reversal in some people. At present our best recommendations are mediterranean type diet, regular aerobic exercise, not smoking, blood pressure control and perhaps statins. If not reversal this at least slows progression in most. ...Read more