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Medicine For Hardening Of The Arteries
There are multiple: There are many alternative choices of medicine for athero. The best and by far both the most effective and safe are the statins. Others including fibrates, Niaspan (niacin) and others. If you are asking if there are any supplements then no. There are lifestyle things you can do including stop smoking, exercise (40 minutes daily, but gtake your time getting to that point) and eat a mediteranian type diet. ...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
Is there a good alternative medicine for hardening of the arteries for someone with high cholesterol?
Calcification & hardening of arteries, would cholesterol reducing drugs help to undo or control the problem?
All the time: There is no drug immediately on the horizon (next 5 years) that you should expect to do this. Even good drugs with clearly positive effects are being sued into irrelevance due to rare serious side effects (which almost all drugs have). Taking high-potency statins (crestor (rosuvastatin) or lipitor) has been shown to partially clear blocked arteries if the cholesterol is driven low enough. ...Read more
Are there any tests that show by using staten drugs would help in dissolving or minimizing existing atherosclerosis in arteries.
Yes: Crestor (rosuvastatin) can dissolve plaques. Here is an article: http://www. Webmd. Com/heart-disease/news/20060313/statins-may-reverse-plaque-buildup. ...Read more
I was wondering, what can I do to clean arteries, my sisters had her neck done 2x for clogs. I exercise no smoke drink or drugs, tyvm.
Arteries: Please continue to see your doc and do what he/she says. Beyond that, consider a process called chelation. It can be done w/oral natural meds or the older and more time-consuming IV drip method. There is lots of science to back this up but some docs may not be aware. The TACT study is a good one. TACT 2 is presently being formulated. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Thrombolytic agents: Thrombolytic agents are a class of injectable drugs that can help dissolve clots found in clogged arteries. These drugs are used in high risk situations to care for patients undergoing serious vascular events, in an attempt to decrease the damage of a stroke, heart attack or leg ischemia. ...Read more
My wife is diabetic and has three blocked artery, so what better medicine and food for her? Because now, she does not take any medicine. I want your own answer in my question, thank you!
Diet 4 blocked arter: My wife is diabetic and has three blocked artery, so what better medicine and food for her? The best proven diet is the Ornish plan. Go to ornish. Com. This will likley improve both diabetes and blockage. Effect on blood cholesterol etc will be seen in weeks. You should do it as well so she does not have to take care of you later. Keep us posted. ...Read more
My diabetic dad has a lesion on the left main artery. Options 1, state run medicine in a 3rd world country. Or fly to Miami. What's better?
Hard To Advice:
It is very hard to advice without knowing the extent of the disease and what treatment is recommended and needed. We do not know which third world country he lives in
Some so called 3rd world countries like India have very well trained Doctors practicing in world standard Hospitals
Better to get input from the treating doctors
Good Luck ...Read more
If your doctor says you have a blocked artery and you are still having problems at times and just keeps you on drugs what do you recomend?
Depends: If you are unhappy with the current care you could ask your doctor if something else would help or see another doctor for an opinion. ...Read more
I'm wondering why are anticoagulants lesser effective than anti-platelet aggregation drugs in arteries?
An addendum - totally happened within 6 months of taking crestor! Cannot convince dr. That gets a kickback from this drug. Coronary arteries-clean!
Angry?: Why don't you just stop the drug if you don't want to take it? No one can force you to take it if you don't want to. Btw, correlation does not prove causation. If a red car drives by your house and your forget where you put your keys, did the red car cause you to forget? ...Read more
Family history of heart disease, don't smoke drink or do drugs. I'm 50yrs old what exercises should I do and what foods to eat to keep arteries clean?
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Yes: "drugs" is a vague term but if you mean recreational drugs then yes. Marijuana is as bad if not worse than cigarettes. No filter, held for extended time in lungs, and often contains unknown contaminants. So if smoking is a known risk factor....Cocaine tends to cause intense coronary artery vasospasm. This can damage the endothelium and allow cholesterol to deposit in the vessels. ...Read more
Rumors exist: There is definitely evidence that the use of statins reduces the incidence of strokes and heart attacks. There have been isolated reports of carotid plaque (narrowing) shrinking with the use of statins but this has not been found true for everybody. Most people agree that statins work by "stabilizing" the plaque and preventing it from rupturing and causing a stroke. This is a hotly debated topic. ...Read more
No: No, nothing that has been proven to work. ...Read more
If in three arteries there is 40-50% blockage as per CT Scan so is there anything which is to be worried or it is curable by medicines?
Depends: You should see a cardiologist who can evaluate the type of blockage and the extent. The cardiologist will then assign appropriate medicine or treatment if needed. ...Read more
If after angiography clots were found in veins or arteries, what may be the treatment, surgical or simply the problem may be solved by medicines?
Anti clotting medici: thrombus in arteries or veins that have been cannulated with an IV can be treated with anti-clotting meds such as Coumadin (aka warfarin) or the newer anticoagulants such as xarelto. If clot too large or causing limb ischemia then IV clot buster may be needed and/or surgery (thrombectomy) ...Read more
Is propranolol ER 80 mg better for cad, artery blockage, and angina than 5 mg bystolic (nebivolol). Generally, which other medicine is best for those?
Beta blockers: Propranalol and bystolic (nebivolol) are beta blockers-they act by blocking beta receptors. They act by decreasing the workload of the heart, slowing the heart rate & decreasing blood pressure. With coronary disease these medications are relatively similar. They are great for lowering the work load of the heart therby helping with CAD but with angina a calcium channel blocker or nitrates are usually better. ...Read more
Hi doctors, was just wondering what is coronary artery disease and how does drug eluting stents help?
Fatty buildups: In young, healthy individuals the inner lining of the blood vessels is clean and smooth. Overtime, for many reasons, the inner surface of the heart blood vessels (coronary arteries) may start becoming bumpy/lumpy or blocked due to fat (cholesterol) deposits called "atherosclerotic plaque". Stents help unblocking the arteries by getting the plaque out of the way so that more blood flow is available. ...Read more
Any drugs out there to break up plaque in coronary arteries rather than all invasive stuff? Clot buster drugs but nothing for plaque?
No.: The various kinds of plaque that build up in the arteries have been building up for years, in some cases even decades. There is no medicine that will undo the remodeling due to years or decades of high blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, etc. The best strategy is to modify the modifiable risk factors (and hope you have good genes). ...Read more
Does the drug vincristine cause blood clots in the bowel, grandad had rcvp them had a blood clot in the major artery supplying the bowel?
I suspect this was..: True...True and unrelated. Coagulopathy, is not a side effect of vincristine. However, having a cancer (such as lymphoma that I suspect your dad has) can elevate clotting risk all by itself. Prednisone in rcvp can elevate risk of clotting as well. Additionally, as a 67yo man, he could have had pre-existing vascular disease that elevated his risk for clotting in those vessels that supply the gut. ...Read more
Hi, about two month ago I had an aneurysm in an artery in my thumb, completely thrombosed, was suggested to take aspirin and see by a resident in "internal medicine" who asked a bunch of questions but no tests were done. A couple of weeks ago I stardted h
Thumb aneurysm: If you truly have an aneurysm of the digital artery of your thumb, this is a rare problem that should be evaluated by a hand surgeon or a vascular surgeon. If you do not live neat a large city, you may need to travel to see the specialist. A clear diagnosis should be clarified, and you should then be referred. ...Read more
Hit head yea ago due to drug induced seizure. Had concussion& large swollen spot on head MRI good. Enlarged artery, recently have sharp pain in head?
Please clarify: Please consider re-submitting and clarifying the actual question. ...Read more
I've switched jobs and now I have no insurance for 90 days. Any suggestions on over-the-counter medicines for coronary artery disease, high bp, diabetes, psoriasis, and sleep apnea?
Get old insurance: You lost your job and let your health insurance expire. You want over the counter medications for coronary artery disease. The best thing to do is get old insurance back. You should have one year after leaving to get old insurance. This will allow you to get the correct medications. Over the counter medications do not have the same effect. Except aspirin. Be well. ...Read more
There is really none: John, there is really no meds that will "clean out" ur arteries. I suggest you go see your family doc and get a blood test for cholesterol. You can take a chol med if your chol is high, but if you have already clogged arteries from plaque buildup, you may need an ekg, carotid doppler, and check your BP to see if you qualify for meds. A baby asa a day shouldn't hurt as it will thin out ur blood. ...Read more
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