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Over The Counter Treatment Of Artery Disease
Lifestyle changes: There are risk factors you can't control, like family history and diseases you've had that put you at risk. Most of the risk factors are within your control, such as diet and exercise to keep you LDL low and your HDL high. Discuss these measures with your doctor as everyone can benefit from this, get regular checkups and blood tests to monitor your progress. Do not smoke or take drugs. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Many choices: There are many over the counter choices available at any local drug store (there will be a separate section). Monistat is a common medication but there are many others. They are all very similar. ...Read more
Treatment of CAD: Treatment falls into 3 categories. Medical therapy, angioplasty, and coronary bypass surgery. Medical therapy with Aspirin and cholesterol-lowering medications along with other medications usually forms the basis of treatment with angioplasty (stents) and bypass surgery reserved for those patients who do not respond fully to medical therapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Adjunct only: In spite of what anybody else may tell you, Jason, I found only one paper in the past fifteen years that offers any support whatever to this idea; it was in an obscure Communist Chinese journal and merely suggests supplementing this population (which has historically been deficient anyway) helps general immunity. Don't bet your life on vitamins. We have mainstream Rx that works. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do topical steroids slow the increase in surface area of psoriasis spots or only treat the symptoms?
Topical steroids: are VERY TEMPORARY and not in this day and age the way to treat psoriasis since they do NOT treat the disease ONLY the symptoms (defined areas of the rash) There are a number of treatments which treat the whole body both "topical" (light therapy) and BIOLOGICAL systemic medications! ope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more
How many of the most stent in the coronary blood vessels which used? what risk if the use of stent exceed the limit ?
"Unloads" the heart: Eecp helps both supply and demand. It inflates during diastole, squeezing the body's arteries and causing back-pressure to push blood into the coronary arteries. It then deflates during systole, which causes negative pressure that sucks out blood from the ejecting heart, helping it eject with less effort, or strain, and hence less energy demand is required by the squeezing heart. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on severity: Initially, may be best to use a Dopamine agonist (ropinorole, pramipexole, etc). Later l-dopa, and maybe add entacapone. If severe, and over 5-7 yrs, perhaps deep brain stimulation. Azilect (rasagiline) may be useful at times. In essence, different meds may be used best at different stages. This is the "art of medicine". ...Read more
What types of over the counter medications are good for an irritated esophagus or inflammed esophagus?
Prevent/Control GERD: Avoid foods & behavior that delay stomach emptying &/or relax the lower esophageal sphincter--spicy, greasy food, mints, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, tomato-based products, caffeinated & fizzy drinks, eating before bedtime. Lose weight. Elevate head of bed on blocks. Use otc acid blockers for relief (h2's: tagamet, zantac, (ranitidine) pepcid; ppi's: prilosec, prevacid, nexium). See a GI doctor if persistent. ...Read more
What is the treatment and prognosis for someone with a combination of carotid occlusion/stenosis and occlusion/stenosis of the basilar artery?
Depends: Artery disease in the neck vessels (carotid/basilar) is associated with risk for stroke. Your doc, vascular provider can best assess all the associated factors and give you a risk assessment. Treatments vary from medical management, nicotine cessation, stenting, surgery and combinations of them all. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there oral medications which do not contain gluten for the treatment of ringworm of the scalp?
Please help! what is the rate of restenosis of coronaries comparing the use of drug eluded & plain stents?
Not simple: Kind of a complex question. Basically most of the studies were done with the 1st generation stents. There was a significant reduction in the need to retreat with drug eluting stents (DES) compared compared to bare metal stents (BMS) (an absolute difference of approximately 12% at four years). There was no significant difference in overall mortality between DES and BMS. ...Read more
None: There are no otc products that will help ischemic neuropathies. ...Read more
Exercise/diet: As countries become more "western", they exercise less and eat a high-fat diet. When a third world countries becomes more like the United States, they exercise less, drive around in cars, and eat a fatty diet. Subsequently, they develop heart attacks, congestive heart failure, and heart disease becomes the leading cause of death. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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