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Artery (Definition)

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


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What causes plaque build up in arteries?

What causes plaque build up in arteries?

Inflammation: It is an ongoing process of damage, inflammation, and scarring that progressively obstructs the blood flow. It is exacerbated by lifestyle, health, family history/heredity, and environmental factors. ...Read more

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What are some natural ways to reduce plaque build up in arteries?

What are some natural ways to reduce plaque build up in arteries?

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

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What is the main culprit in causing plaque build up in arteries when it comes to food content - saturated fat or cholesterol?

What is the main culprit in causing plaque build up in arteries when it comes to food content - saturated fat or cholesterol?

Both.: Generally speeking saturated fat and cholesterol levels in one's diet corrolate very well with each other, or (again generally speaking) when one goes up they both go up. From that stanpoint, minimizing either should result in a favorable effect. ...Read more

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Does a normal CT Calcium Score Scan eliminate possibility of Atherosclerosis plaque build up in arteries?

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

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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?

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?

CTA for risk: It will look for narrowing of arteries that suggest there is plaque. It will not show a heart attack but will help with identifying risk. Other tests like an ekg would tell if you've had a heart attack. ...Read more

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How will plaque build up on the artery walls?

How will plaque build up on the artery walls?

Various ways: You might mean this: damage to the walls causes plaque. Hi blood pressure, cigarettes, high choleserol cause damage and plaques.
The way in which it builds up is gradually over years. ...Read more

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Please describe the disease called when plaque builds up in the arteries?

Please describe the disease called when plaque builds up in the arteries?

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

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Can plaque build up in your arteries be reversed?

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 don't 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

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How much time does it take for plaque to build up in arteries?

How much time does it take for plaque to build up in arteries?

Plaque: 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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How long does it take for plaque to build up in arteries and is there a way to test for it?

How long does it take for plaque to build up in arteries and is there a way to test for it?

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

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Could it happen that a fall causes a plaque build up in an artery to break off and cause a complete blockage?

Could it happen that a fall causes a plaque build up in an artery to break off and cause a complete blockage?

No: A mechanical fall does not cause arterial plaque to rupture and cause an embolism. However, if someone experienced an embolism to the brain, lung, or leg it could cause a sudden loss of strength and that could cause a fall. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been diagnosed with plaque build up in the arteries of my brain.?

What to do if I have been diagnosed with plaque build up in the arteries of my brain.?

Get protected: You are at future risk for stroke, and the severity of the risk depends upon the extent of arterial narrowing. I would suggest you discuss with your doctor whether you should start an anti platelet drug, and/or a statin drug. ...Read more

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In atherosclerosis, plaque builds up in the arteries occluding the lumen. How would this affect bp?

In atherosclerosis, plaque builds up in the arteries occluding the lumen. How would this affect bp?

Depends: If the plaque occludes the artery then the blood pressure inside the artery will drop. If it just stiffens the artery without affecting blood flow, the blood pressure inside the artery may be unchanged or appear elevated depending upon the measurement technique. ...Read more

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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.? .....

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.? .....

Many: How critical is the plaguing? Is it mostly firm? Does it help to have surgery.? Was the drooping on the same side as the blockage? Will the drooping go away? What is my risk now for stroke. ...Read more

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Is there a difference in plaque build-up and calcium build-up in arteries?

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

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How does the build up of plaque in someone with atherosclerosis cause the hardening of the arteries?

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

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How can I fully reverse plaque in arteries?

How can I fully reverse plaque in arteries?

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

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Can doing exercise wash your arteries free of plaque?

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Can doing exercise wash your arteries free of plaque?

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 more

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Should all arteries be checked to see if any plaque is building up?

Should all arteries be checked to see if any plaque is building up?

Sure: It's always good to be evaluated to prevent diseases before they break bad, but the best plan is to prevent it all together. When it comes to "plaque" in the arteries, it's all about diet, exercise, not smoking, healthy diet, and well controlled cholesterol. ...Read more

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Is there any drinks/food/otc meds that will clear your arteries of plaque?

Is there any drinks/food/otc meds that will clear your arteries of plaque?

Nothing known of: While a diet low in saturated fats and high in omega 3 fish oils (rich in fish) lowers ones incidence of cad, nothing currently available suggests conclusively that any diet or homeopathic therapy can reverse atherosclerosis. ...Read more

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Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes plaque buildup in the arteries?

Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes plaque buildup in the arteries?

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

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Can spices remove plaque or just keep existing arteries clear of oxidized cholesterol?

Cholesterol: Spices can make your food taste better if used appropriately, we have all experienced this and the evidence is good for it. There is no rigorous scientific evidence that spices will remove plaque or keep arteries open. ...Read more

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Can heart arteries harden from causes other than plaque build up?

Can heart arteries harden from causes other than plaque build up?

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

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What is plaque buildup in arteries?

What is plaque buildup in arteries?

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 more

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How does plaque form in the arteries?

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

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Why does plaque form in the arteries?

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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What are the causes of plaque buildup in the arteries?

What are the causes of plaque buildup in the arteries?

Atherosclerosis: Caused by fats being stored in the walls of the arteries creating plaques. Other contributing factors are smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure. Dietshigh in fats also are problematic. ...Read more

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Can exercising remove plaque in your arteries at all or not?

Can exercising remove plaque in your arteries at all or not?

NO.: At least, there is no data to suport that. Exercise is still very good for you regardless of plaque. ...Read more

Plaque (Definition)

A plaque is a broad, raised area on the skin. For example, patients with psoriasis have a lot of scaly plaques on their ...Read more


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