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Is atherosclerosis fatal?

Is atherosclerosis fatal?

Can be: Artherosclerosis is a progressive disease. As plaque builds up throughout the cardiovascular system and interferes with the normal functioning of the body, it can be fatal. This explains why heart disease is one of the main causes of death. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Atherosclerosis (Definition)

Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is a condition in which a person has build-up of fat, cholesterol, and other substances in the walls of his arteries. Over the years, these substances build-up to form hardened spots called plaques, which can break off pieces of itself and clog arteries downstream ...Read more


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Can atherosclerosis be cured?

Can atherosclerosis be cured?

No: Medications and life style changes can prevent it from progressing and at times cause some regression, but will not cure it. ...Read more

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Is atherosclerosis hereditary?

Is atherosclerosis hereditary?

It can be: Yes, atherosclerosis, cholesterol and many other factors can be hereditary - there is a genetic factor - but that is not the end of the story. Smoking, diabetes, overweight/obesity, diet, exercise, cholesterol control (i.e. The preceeding and medications) can influence the progress of atherosclerosis. 1st: know you numbers, 2nd: control the aforementioned factors and take your rx(s). ...Read more

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How can atherosclerosis be avoided?

Atherosclerosis: By controlling the risks : 1. Treat high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol/triglycerides, diabetes. 2. Quit smoking 3. Lose weight if obese, exercise regularly 4. Healthy diet. ...Read more

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What are hazards of atherosclerosis?

Un-timely death: I am not trying to be dramatic but if atherosclerosis, which is a progressive disease, is allowed to continue without any remediation, the arteries will become blocked and, in the heart, this will cause ischemia and ultimately muscle death. Atherosclerosis also progresses in the rest of the body and can cause loss of limb. Fortunately you can partner with your doctor to slow/stop it. ...Read more

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What makes atherosclerosis dangerous?

The end result: Atherosclerosis is a progressive disease that involves all the arterial systems of the body, the brain, the heart, the kidneys, the gut and the limbs. As it progresses, it causes reduction of blood flow to these areas chronically, and the end organ becomes a target for embolization of the plaque or blood clot caused by atherosclerosis on an acute basis. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is atherosclerosis?

What sort of problem is atherosclerosis?

Disease of arteries: Atherosclerosis is an inflammatory process which occurs in arteries. Advanced stages cause narrowing of the arteries involved. The narrowing can lead to complete blockage of blood flow or to what is termed "plaque rupture" (when pieces of the lining of diseased artery break free. Clot forms and floats downstream). In the heart this causes heart attacks, in the brain this causes strokes. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of atherosclerosis?

What are the symptoms of atherosclerosis?

No direct symptoms: Atherosclerosis cannot be detected by direct symptoms. Narrowing of arteries diminishes blood supply and oxygen reaching tissues and this creates symptoms relating to tissue damage or death of tissue and sometimes of the host. Plaques can also break off, travel thru the blood vessels and clog up some area which will die. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of atherosclerosis?

Many or none: Many symptoms. The most common are chest pain, shortness of breath, jaw pain, arm pain, sweating, fatigue, abdominal pain, leg pain, dizziness and also back pain. Sometimes atherosclerosis is a stealth disease and there are no symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the characteristics of atherosclerosis?

Plaque build up: It is 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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Dr. Steven Busuttil
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Blocked Arteries (Definition)

Blocked arteries is a condition in which a person has decreased or no blood flow in one or more of his arteries, due to obstructions inside the artery such as thick plaques, floating clumps of broken plaques, blood clots, etc... Severe compression due to a problem on the outside of an artery can also ...Read more