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Is It Possible To Dissolve The Plaque If You Have Atherosclerosis
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
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
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
Do the clots from pulmonary embolisms have any connection to plaque ruptures resulting from atherosclerosis?
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
In atherosclerosis, plaque builds up in the arteries occluding the lumen.How would this affect bp?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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