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Is it possible to dissolve the plaque if you have atherosclerosis?

Is it possible to dissolve the plaque if you have atherosclerosis?

Possibly: If you lower your cholesterol to a very low level with a statin drug over a period of years , it may be possible to reverse some plaque. ...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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Has anyone with atherosclerosis dissolved the plaque with meds, herbs, foods, etc.?

Has anyone with atherosclerosis dissolved the plaque with meds, herbs, foods, etc.?

Vegan diet: Medications such as statins generally stabilize the plaque which decreases chances of plaque rupture and heart attack. In smaller studies they have been shown to decrease the plaque size by very small amounts. A vegan diet low in fat and concentrated sugars probably gives the best chance of reducing plaque burden (google dr. Easselstyn for more info). ...Read more

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Atherosclerosis question. If you stop eating fats for one year, would that clear away your plaques?

Maybe not: There's two points here: 1) eliminating all fats is not healthy, in fact it may be detrimental - you need some fats to survive & function. The trick is choosing the right fats. 2) even if eliminating "bad" fats, you may not get crystal clear arteries but the plaques will shrink and you'll slow the creation of new ones. ...Read more

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How does the build up of plaque in someone with atherosclerosis cause the hardening of the arteries?

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

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How would abnormal lipid metabolism leads to plaque formation in atherosclerosis?

How would abnormal lipid metabolism leads to plaque formation in atherosclerosis?

High levels: Of circulating lipids like hypertrigliceridemia /hypercholesterolemia may results from abnl metabolism and they are the perfect setup for plaque formation by damaging the inner layer of the arteries, by build up in the arteries and eventually plaque formation. Common locations and common symptoms result from deposition in coronary arteries resulting in MI, carotid arteries resulting in stroke etc ...Read more

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In atherosclerosis, plaque builds up in the arteries occluding the lumen.How would this affect bp?

In atherosclerosis, plaque builds up in the arteries occluding the lumen.How would this affect bp?

Depends: If the plaque occludes the artery then the blood pressure inside the artery will drop.. If it just stiffens the artery without affecting blood flow, the blood pressure inside the artery may be unchanged or appear elevated depending upon the measurement technique. ...Read more

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What is the difference between atherosclerosis, high cholesterol and plaque ?

What is the difference between atherosclerosis, high cholesterol and plaque ?

High Cholesterol and: Triglcerides, either as an intrinsic genetic malady or diet and diabetes, lead to plaque, and then manifestations of atherosclerosis, including coronary artery disease. Treatmnt of chol/tg elevation reduces mortality and risk of coronary stenosis, and maybe other vascular events (stroke, aortic aneurysm, peripheral vascular disease). ...Read more

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Was diagnosed to have atherosclerosis but CT angio results were mixd plaque w/o stenosis & right dominant circulation. I am worried, please explain.

Was diagnosed to have atherosclerosis but CT angio results were mixd plaque w/o stenosis & right dominant circulation. I am worried, please explain.

Plaque: If you have documented plaque, you have atherosclerosis, more specifically, coronary artery disease. It is good that there is not yet a blockage. Aggressive risk factor management including heart healthy diet, exercise, smoking cessation, and lipid management will help stabilize the plaque and prevent events. ...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


Plaque (Definition)

A plaque is a broad, raised area on the skin. For example, patients with psoriasis have a lot of scaly plaques on their ...Read more