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Medicine For Arteriosclerosis
Statins=best: A vegetarian or Mediterranean diet is the foundation. Daily exercise and not smoking are crucial. Statins are the meds with the best data. If you can't tolerate them, Niacin and fish oils have less robust data but lower cholesterol. Fibrates, Resin binders, and Zetia (ezetimibe) are weak alternatives. ...Read more
Could alternative medicine offer any solutions regarding arteriosclerosis and removal of plaque from coronaries?
Yes: Yes. It could but there is no vast data on it. ...Read more
Does alternative medicine offer any good solutions related to arteriosclerosis and removal of plaque from coronaries?
? Promotion vs. Real: Depends on what you mean by alternative medicine, a very broad & ill defined topic. One of the biggest problems has been the dishonest promotion, starting with ancel keys 1953, that saturated fat in food was a primary driver. Dr. Keys theory did not even agree with the data available to him. Study: taubes "how the government makes you fat, attia's eatingacademy. Com, lustig fatchance, nusi. Org. ...Read more
CVD: 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
Sort of: Well it's not inherited like your eye color but the tendency to develop it is inherited related to many factors. High cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes and other risk factors are also inherited to a degree. So the bottom line is that if your parents have arteriosclerosis you are at greater risk. It would be even more important to modify your risk factors. ...Read more
It progresses: Because once it develops it is not very reversible. It tends to get progressinvely worse as you age. You can slow down the process or even in some cases reverse it by eliminatiing your risk factors. ...Read more
Arteriosclerosis has several contributing risk factors. Not all are known but many we do. Agressive treatment of the modifiable risk factors is the key to treatment. Also weather you are treating a patient for primay prevention (no history of mi or stroke) or secondary
(pt had mi, cva, bypass surgery etc.).Regardless exercise good diet smoke cessation and good controll of BP and diabetes and wt loss. ...Read more
Progressive blockage: It is a progressive 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
Manage: There is no cure for atherosclerosis but you can manage it: quit smoking!, lose weight: BMI <28, control blood pressure, control cholesterol, exercise every day (clear program with your doctor), take prescribed medications, control blood sugar, change diet to low fat, low sugar. Take care of yourself and you can control this disease process! ...Read more
Blocks blood flow: Arteriosclerosis is dangeous if it restricts blood flow to vital organs by causing build-up of plaque that narrows the inside of arteries. However the most potential for harm comes from the rare instances where atherosclerotic plaques may become inflamed and suddently activate clotting components, leading to a sudden complete (or near-complete) obstruction of blood flow. ...Read more
Blockage (s): It leads to progressive 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
Reverse arterioscler: If you find out, please let the rest of us know. The only studies to show reversal have been with high dose statins and rigorous diet and they show only small amount of reversal in some people. At present our best recommendations are mediterranean type diet, regular aerobic exercise, not smoking, blood pressure control and perhaps statins. If not reversal this at least slows progression in most. ...Read more
There is no cure for arteriosclerosis. Everyone is going to have some arteriosclerosis if you live long enough. You can slow progression of arteriosclerosis by controlling your risk factors: blood pressure goal <130/80mmhg;
ldl goal< 100mg/dl;
daily aerobic exercise > 45 minutes;
staying close to normal BMI of < 25kg/m2;
if you are diabetic, keep good control with A1c goal < 7. ...Read more
Sometimes none: Atherosclerosis is progressive "hardening" of the arteries caused by cholesterol build up. While most patients have chest pain or shortness of breath, for many patients their first symptom is a heart attack or sudden death. Fortunately atherosclerosis can controlled/prevented with a healthily lifestyle, not smoking, and medicines when appropriate. ...Read more
Asymptomatic: The process of cholesterol buildup in between the walls of your arteries is silent. If it becomes significant, depending on the location, you can develop symptoms from low blood flow through the affected vessels with exertion/stress- ex heart, walking, eating. ...Read more
Atherosclerosis: This is our most important single disease. It involves accumulations of cholesterol beneath tough fibrous tissue, narrowing arteries. This causes angina, dementia, loss of legs, and more. If the plaques break, cholesterol embolizes causing strokes, or the blood clots causing heart attacks. Weakening of the wall causes aneurysms that burst. 'healthy lifestyles' especially target atherosclerosis. ...Read more
Deposits cholesterol: Atherosclerosis occurs when cholesterol deposits called plaque form in the wall of your arteries. If the plaque gets big enough it can block flow of blood causing injury to the tissue that was supplied by the artery. That is how heart attacks, strokes, leg ulcers, etc occur. ...Read more
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