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Plaque Build Artery
Food Myths: Nope. That would be a false myth. ...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
Not much: Hi. There's not much "natural" you can do to help reduce atherosclerotic plaque except healthy diet and regular exercise, and obviously don't smoke. The biggest issue, your genetics, is not a modifiable variable. You're young, but there are bad genes that can cause atherosclerotic events in your age group. If you can give us more information, perhaps we can be of greater assistance. Good luck! ...Read more
What is the main culprit in causing plaque build up in arteries when it comes to food content - saturated fat or cholesterol?
Does a normal CT Calcium Score Scan eliminate possibility of Atherosclerosis plaque build up in arteries?
Not entirely: Usually, a calcium score >100 indicates that calcium deposits are present & that coronary heart disease/obstruction is likely present. Scores between 0 & 100 are considered normal, but this may just indicate a very small amount of calcium that hasn't progressed to disease yet. At your age, follow heart disease prevention--non-smoking, healthy eating/exercise, not calcium score. Good wishes:) ...Read more
I'm getting a coranary cta this week. Doc said it will show arteries & heart. Will this show if i had a heart attack or plaque build up in arteries?
Is coronary artery disease, or full plaque build up of arteries in heart possible with someone with normal overall cholesterol (170) & not diabetic?
See below: Foods rich in fats and cholesterol, generally speaking. ...Read more
Atherosclerosis: Plaque is an accumulation of white blood cells, mostly macrophages, within the wall of the arteries, never veins. The wbcs are eating oxidized LDL particles (not cholesterol) in the wall & HDL particles can help prevent/regress ds. It typically begins in childhood, though asymptomatic for decades. Drivers sugar/carb foods, ?ldl (nmol/l), ?hdl (umol/l), ?bld sugar (optimal hba1c 5.0%), ?bp obesity. ...Read more
Not really: Plaque build up is one of the causes for poor blood flow to the brain and heart, causing strokes and heart attacks. Seeing your doc and getting a cholesterol test would help the doctor decide if you qualify for statin therapy. An asa a day also may help, but i dont know too many 34 Y.O. Males on asa therapy for arteriosclerosis. Go see your doc and he can test you. Diet & exercise is the key. ...Read more
Early fatty streaks appear as a teenager and progress from there. So if they are visible then must have started sooner. They are not a normal part of being human unless you feed your genome wrong.
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Depends on diet : Arterial plaque has been found at autopsy of gang members (teenagers) and in deceased soldiers. The "western" diet (watch "supersize me" for more info) speeds deposition, while mediterranean & others slow it. Family history and cholesterol levels (if very high) can also contribute. Certain ultrasound studies of the blood vessels can screen for it. Ask your doctor if concerned. ...Read more
Could it happen that a fall causes a plaque build up in an artery to break off and cause a complete blockage?
In atherosclerosis, plaque builds up in the arteries occluding the lumen.How would this affect bp?
My friends dad had a drooping eye, doctors ran tests to find that he had plaque build up in an artery close to the brain ....Best options.?.....
Yes and no: Plaque build up within arteries can be "soft" meaning that it is recent in orgin. This is the most unstable form of plaque in arteries and most likely to rupture and cause a problem. Plaque that has been present for a longer period of time becomes calcified and is more stable. There are often no symptoms associated with soft plaque. Calcified plaque in coronaries can lead to chest pain. ...Read more
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
What happens when an artery is blocked by a build up of fat (plaque) so that little or no blood goes through?
Blocked artery: tissue downstream dies.Get a more detailed answer ›
Unfortunately it is: unlikely you will be able to reverse plaque but you can certainly do things to avoid excessive development of plaque. You can't change your genetic profile but you can avoid smoking, eat a plant based diet and exercise regularly. Take a look at Dr. Esselstyn's work from the Cleveland clinic. http://www.dresselstyn.com/site/ Certainly starting at a young age will have significant long term benefits ...Read more
Maybe (not) . . .: Tricky question. Exercise can raise HDL (good) cholesterol which helps remove LDL (bad) cholesterol (plaques) from artery walls. So in one sense, exercise can wash arteries of plaque. But completely free? Probably not. You'd also need to adjust your diet and hope you chose good parents who didn't give you genetic predisposition to high cholesterol. That's where medications come in handy. ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
Inflammation ; chol: Cholesterol and inflammation cause plaque build up in arteries. There is also a genetic component. High blood pressure causes damage to interior walls of arteries which causes certain cells(macrophages) to move there to repair the damage. This repair process leads to plaque build up. ...Read more
Can you tell me about plaque that's already there in arteries. Can it be (but not by surgery!) removed?
What is the name of the better scan/test to show the amount of presence of soft and hard plaque in arteries?
When doctors on tv say you can clean your arteries of plaque is this really true? I've heard two different sides all the time
Yes: Heart is a very metabolically active organ and needs several nutrients to function well like coq10, l-carnitine, magnesium, ribose etc and lack of these will cause the vessels to have greater stiffness. Also indiscriminate of calcium supplements is causing abnormal calcifications of the whole body and arteries. ...Read more
Atherosclerosis: Narrowing or 'hardening of the arteries' seems like the body's way of planned obsolescence--or complete wearing out. Over time our arteries become more narrow and certain conditions speed up the process: smoking, diabetes (and overweight/metabolic syndrome), hi blood pressure, and hi cholesterol. Exercise can slow down the process. Plaque build up in arteries leads to heart attack and strokes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Calcium and platlets: Theory is bacteria damage internal lining of arteries causing small ulcers next invaded by white blood cells and coat of fats (cholesterol), calcium, & a mat of blood platlets, all called plaque. It is as if the arteries have their own patch repair kit. Overtime plaque cracks and process recurs causing buildup that blocks ready passage of blood &, if bore of artery closed off, an heart attack. ...Read more
Family practice : As we age our arteries develope small cracks on its walls. Many things can speed up this process. Smoking , diabetes, hypertension and family history. Cholesterol comes along and tries to patch these areas up. Over time it justs builds up. If we have a high cholesterol or triglyceride the build up is faster. So it is important to correct all those factors to help prevent stroke and heart attack. ...Read more
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