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Doctor insights on: How Long For Plaque To Develop Heart

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How long are heart cath results good for? I had one 2 years ago. Can plaque build up quickly in 2 yrs?

How long are heart cath results good for? I had one 2 years ago. Can plaque build up quickly in 2 yrs?

Yes: They can change in two years. The sad reality is that they can change overnight. Plaques rupture and that's a sudden event. We wish heart catheterizations could be crystal balls but, the reality is, we still have no way to predict the future. Your diabetes is a serious risk factor which, with rare exception, you can't change. ...Read more

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My cholestrl overal is 170 mg/dl - HDL - 43 LDL - 104 - triglycerides - 106, how long does it take for heart artery plaque buildup? Shld I be concrnd?

My cholestrl overal is 170 mg/dl - HDL - 43 LDL - 104 - triglycerides - 106, how long does it take for heart artery plaque buildup? Shld I be concrnd?

Not really: Your numbers are within normal limit given your age in certain situation cholesterol build up starts in womb in patient with familial hyperlipidemia, usually these patients have very high lipid levels. In an otherwise healthy person build up may begin in adolecent years as fatty streaks and the rate of build up depends on their diet, exercise, family history and the onset of disease e.g. Diabetes. ...Read more

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Does exercise clear plaque build up over time and if not how does it help your heart?

Does exercise clear plaque build up over time and if not how does it help your heart?

Not by plaque clear.: Your heart is like an engine with 3 main parts: muscle (engine), blood supply via coronary arteries (pipes that bring fuel to the heart) and electric system that starts the engine up. Plaque affects the second - coronaries. Excercise is great for the first one - heart muscle itself. ...Read more

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Which statin drug is the best for heart plaque?

Which statin drug is the best for heart plaque?

Statins: Depends on lipid profile. Stains have varing effects on reduction of cholesterol profile. Pravastatin and Lovastatin - low side effects but weaker. Simvastatin - tend to avoid now given side effect issues. Lipitor (atorvastatin) good and now generic. Crestor brand only - good agent. Others available. Getting ldl, hdl, and triglycerides to goal is the key to preventing progression of coronary artery disease. ...Read more

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If I have normal cholesterol levels does that mean I don't have plaque in my heart?

If I have normal cholesterol levels does that mean I don't have plaque in my heart?

No:CholesterolPartOf: Every cell membrane, not correct issue. In US autopsy studies, >8 decades, 1/2 of population has atherosclerosis by ~age 7, yet no symptoms for decades; in wall of arteries & arteries enlarge: http://goo. Gl/aRhOU2. Most people in US have "normal" cholesterol values (~170 mg/dL) prior to 1st obvious (most subclinical; no symptoms) heart attack. Study lipoproteins, my answers, https://goo. Gl/Pqh6vp. ...Read more

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How do you predict whether or not somebody has plaque in arteries or the heart?

How do you predict whether or not somebody has plaque in arteries or the heart?

Risk factors: Age and risk factors put together can be very good predictors of atherosclerosis and risk of heart disease and stroke. Tests such as carotid intimal thickness and coronary calcium score can be helpful in certain instances. Stress testing is used to evaluate whether atherosclerosis is limiting blood flow to the heart and is generally done to evaluate symptoms such as chest pain and dyspnea. ...Read more

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Where do soft plaques come, from? The ones in the heart artery?

Where do soft plaques come, from? The ones in the heart artery?

Cholesterol: Hard plaques have a good amount of calcium, the building block of bones. Soft ones, usually have more lipids or cholesterol. ...Read more

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Can heart arteries harden from causes other than plaque build up?

Can heart arteries harden from causes other than plaque build up?

Yes: Heart is a very metabolically active organ and needs several nutrients to function well like coq10, l-carnitine, magnesium, ribose etc and lack of these will cause the vessels to have greater stiffness. Also indiscriminate of calcium supplements is causing abnormal calcifications of the whole body and arteries. ...Read more

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If you have a predisposition to early heart disease, would it mean you have a tendency to have smaller sized plaque or large fluffier sized?  

If you have a predisposition to early heart disease, would it mean you have a tendency to have smaller sized plaque or large fluffier sized?  

Varies: There are many factors that determine where and when an artery gets blocked.
Some heart attacks happen when a small smooth plaque cracks open and a blood clot forms. Flow is fine one second and blocked the next.
Some blockages happen gradually when a plaque gets thick and slowly blocks an artery over time.
The tendency to have heart disease could come from cholesterol type, or other factors. ...Read more

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How to naturally reduce the plaque in the arteries for coronary heart?

How to naturally reduce the plaque in the arteries for coronary heart?

CAD: Coronary artery disease and its sequelae are one of the leading cause of morbidity and mortality throughout the world. Certainly, genetics play a large role in plaque buildup. A diet low in fat/cholesterol and avoiding cigarettes are two of the best ways to reduce your chances of developing diseased arteries. ...Read more

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What tests show plaque in your arteries of your heart? If my chest gets heavy during an argument could that be angina?

What tests show plaque in your arteries of your heart? If my chest gets heavy during an argument could that be angina?

Multiple: A CT scan, either for calcium score or angiogram will show calcified plaque non-invasively, a cardiac catheterization, or coronary angiogram will show soft or calcified plaque, but is an invasive test. A simpler test, such as a stress test, may be a good starting point. Check with your doc. ...Read more

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I had a CTA SCAN. Showed no stenis or plaque. But a CAC SCORE of 422. Everything I read says I will have a heart attack within two years. I'm 60.?

I had a CTA SCAN. Showed no stenis or plaque. But a CAC SCORE of 422. Everything I read says I will have a heart attack within two years. I'm 60.?

Risk factors: A lot depends on your risk factors and what you do about them. High blood pressure, diabetes, high LDL cholesterol, obesity, smoking are modifiable, meaning get them all normal, stop smoking and you've decreased your risk. Can't change your family history, but you can optimize your health. See your doctor for a complete exam and labs and work with him/her to decrease your risks. ...Read more

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Is an ebct heart require dye injection? Is it a good indicator of cornary plaque and blockage?

Is an ebct heart require dye injection? Is it a good indicator of cornary plaque and blockage?

Yes: Without it it just says there is calcified plaque but cannot look at the shape, extent, severity, location of where the plaques are and how they lmit blood flow
http://www. Heart. Org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/SymptomsDiagnosisofHeartAttack/Cardiac-Computed-Tomography-Multidetector-CT-or-MDCT_UCM_446370_Article. Jsp ...Read more

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How does a heart attack occur? Why does the plaque break off? Why this is less likely in young adults 27-35? Esp with norm stress/echo tests/no fam hist

How does a heart attack occur? Why does the plaque break off? Why this is less likely in young adults 27-35? Esp with norm stress/echo tests/no fam hist

A-: 1- block blood vessels that supply the heart with oxygen and nutrients. 2- because of the flow of blood, it hit on the plaque and it will break. 3-they have less plaques formed in average. 4- risk factors like family history tells you about the predisposition to form plaque. The space is too limited to go in detailes, but I hope this help. ...Read more

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Would a person with a high amount of arterial plaque be likely to have a faster than normal resting heart rate?

Would a person with a high amount of arterial plaque be likely to have a faster than normal resting heart rate?

Not necessarily: Not necessarily, a person with a " high amount of arterial plaque" has a higher chance to have a myocardial infarction (heart attack), but heart rate can be either high or low, it can be low if this person has a heart block or high if he/she has atrial fibrillation or some type or arrhythmia ...Read more

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If you had plaque on your teeth for 1 year will it affect your body and make you more at risk of heart disease?

If you had plaque on your teeth for 1 year will it affect your body and make you more at risk of heart disease?

Of course: A growing number of research finds that bacteria, plaque and inflammation in your mouth are linked to heart attack and stroke. See your dentist, it may actually save your life. ...Read more

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Rupturing of soft plaque in arteries can cause problems. What is the best way to control the breaking off of soft plaque to prevent heart attacks, etc?

Rupturing of soft plaque in arteries can cause problems. What is the best way to control the breaking off of soft plaque to prevent heart attacks, etc?

Depends: There are multiple issues: Do not use tobacco, if you have high blood pressure - control it, same for diabetes. If high cholesterol may need statins. Life style modifications are prudent. 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 or alcohol in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more