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Doctor insights on: Non Modifiable Risk Factors For Atherosclerosis

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What are the general risk factors of atherosclerosis?

What are the general risk factors of atherosclerosis?

Well known: Heredity, high LDL cholesterol, cigarette smoking, hypertension, diabetes, lack of exercise. Less striking -- low HDL, high triglycerides, renal failure, high homocystine levels, obesity, hypercoagulable blood. There are some labs that are promoted as risks but nobody knows what to do with them and physicians order them mostly as cover-your-butt. ...Read more

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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What are two factors that lead to development of atherosclerosis?

What are two factors that lead to development of atherosclerosis?

Smoking HTN: Smoking and hypertension are 2 big ones, but let's not forget high cholesterol, diabetes, age, and family history (you can't do anything about the last 3). ...Read more

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Why does atherosclerosis run in families? Is it just a gene that runs through and you just naturally develop cardiovascular disease or is it because of the risk factors that run in families?

Why does atherosclerosis run in families? Is it just a gene that runs through and you just naturally develop cardiovascular disease or is it because of the risk factors that run in families?

Genetics: High cholesterol, high blod pressure and other risks factors are genetically determined and may be responsible for early onsetnheart disease. That said, may risk factors such as obesity or smoking can be modified and lower your overall risk. ...Read more

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What is atherosclerosis?

Plaque: buildup of plaque and cholesterol deposits, etc. in the arteries--- "hardening of the arteries". Risk factors--- smoking, family history, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, age ...Read more

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What's atherosclerosis from?

What's atherosclerosis from?

Multifactorial: Usually a combination of having a family history, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol, smoking. These are the main players. ...Read more

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What causes atherosclerosis?

What causes atherosclerosis?

Multiple Factors: Atherosclerosis, also known as “hardening of the arteries”, occurs when areas of the artery wall thicken in response to either increased modifiable (high LDL particle levels, smoking or high blood pressure )and non-modifiable (genetics, age, gender) risk factors. Over time, areas of focal thickening may grow into a larger lesion called a “plaque" that can limit blood flow through the vessel. ...Read more

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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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What does atherosclerosis mean?

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