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How To Get Rid Of Plaque Buildup In Arteries
Artery Health: Unfortunately, there is not much to do for calcification throughout your arteries unless it is causing or about to cause symptoms. As we age, and based on lifestyle, calcification (atherosclerosis) progresses. To minimize the effect, treating elevated cholesterol's, not smoking, and exercise will all prevent progression and reduce the risk of horrific complications. ...Read more
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
Meds / surgery: Plaque and blockage in peripheral arteries is treated based upon the severity of symptoms produced and the potential for life threatening occlusion. If they are non limiting then medications to lower cholesterol and prevent clot formation are key. If lesions are causing significant symptoms then surgery (stents, removal of plaque or bypass) is considered. ...Read more
You don't......: You can't get rid of tar from your lungs, particularly if you are a smoker, chew tobacco, ex-smoker or used to chew. The lungs can break down some of it but it usually stays in your lungs. It is best to quit smoking or chewing ASAP. Better yet, Don't start smoking or chewing. ...Read more
Maybe (not) . . .: Research using intravascular ultrasound has shown that very aggressively lowering LDL cholesterol can slow down progression of arterial plaque, and even perhaps get rid of it. Our current goals are not necessarily to achieve specific cholesterol levels but to find 4 groups of people who can benefit from statins, only cholesterol lowering medication shown to have positive health outcomes. ...Read more
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
Life style/statins: Here is the general information for reversing the plaque 1 Life style changes are most important it includes healthy diet,physical activities&exercise,if over weight loose weight and quit smoking if you do 2Medications like statins to lower your cholesterol 3 If significant plaque obstructing 50% or more may need Endarterectomy or Angioplasty and Stents to prevent stroke depends on % of block ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
LO salt, need help!: Fluid in lungs (pulmonary edema) can be due to many causes: heart failure, kidney failure, liver failure.... Pulmonary edema is usually treated with water pills (diuretics) and low salt diet. Depedending on the exact cause other medications may help: e.g. Coreg (carvedilol) for heart failure.. Management of pulmonary edema usually requires a physician team expert in internal medicine problems. ...Read more
How does the build up of plaque in someone with atherosclerosis cause the hardening of the arteries?
Not the same things: Plaque buildup (atherosclerosis) in the arteries can make them less flexible, but the old term "hardening of the arteries" (arteriosclerosis) is usually attributed to a decrease in flexibility of the vessel wall even without any plaque present. It is more related to the collagen/structure of the vessel wall themselves. The utility of this term is waning as medicine advances. ...Read more
Inflammation ; chol: Cholesterol and inflammation cause plaque build up in arteries. There is also a genetic component. High blood pressure causes damage to interior walls of arteries which causes certain cells(macrophages) to move there to repair the damage. This repair process leads to plaque build up. ...Read more
1st, why RU gassy?: Feeling full of "gas" may reflect malabsorption of food (like gluten, lactose), intake of poorly digested food, or choosing foods known to promote gas (beans, fizzy drinks). Sometimes its more complicated--a stomach emptying too slowly, bacterial overgrowth syndrome, delayed intestinal function, partial obstruction from any cause, infection, rectum problems, and pelvic pathology outside the gut. ...Read more
Hello: Risk of arteriosclerosis is reduced when smoking is discontinued, blood pressure is normalized and cholesterol is reduced. If there is diabetes, control is important. There is also a role for exercise. Achieving ideal body weight is important as well. Residual risk resulting from heredity is of course not amenable to change. ...Read more
Find the cause.: One calcium deposit is pretty common - but multiple? The real question is, what are these deposits doing there? Either existing skin structures have calcified, or there is an excess of calcium in your blood that is depositing in the skin. Either way, you need to find the cause. This could be a significant problem; see your doctor and get to the bottom of it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tough luck : Once atherosclerosis has established in a vessel wall there is very little medication can do to significantly reduce it. On the other hand, if it is not causing symptoms now, you can stop it in its tracks by reducing your risk factors like smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible to get rid of cholesterol and fat buildup in your blood vessels without western medicine?
Lipids: We're not quite sure we can get rid of that build up with western medicine, let alone eastern southern or any other direction. We keep trying though. ...Read more
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