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Doctor insights on: Remove The Buildup Of Cholesterol On The Walls Of Arteries

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

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.

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What causes cholesterol deposits in the wall of the artery to rupture. Had 2 stents placed in LAD.100% blocked. 52yr. Old well controlled type2 diabetic?

What causes cholesterol deposits in the wall of the artery to rupture. Had 2 stents placed in LAD.100% blocked. 52yr. Old well controlled type2 diabetic?

Many factors: The exact cause in a given individual is never known but factors known to increase the risk are: smoking, uncontrolled hypertension, diabetes (you have no control over this and better control doesn't help), and NOT taking a statin (statins stabilize plaques). High LDL and low HDL may contribute but the data is less clear.

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Is it true that decreasing LDL cholesterol and increasing HDL cholesterol removed plaque from arteries?

Yes: Reducing LDL and increasing HDL can reduce plaque in arteries. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. 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.

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Is that true that skinny people with low cholesterol can still get a heart attack with the internal wall of artery peeling and make a blockage?

Is that true that skinny people with low cholesterol can still get a heart attack with the internal wall of artery peeling and make a blockage?

Dissecting artery.: Yes, although keeping trim and lowering cholesterol greatly reduces your risk for coronary artery disease, other things such as family history are beyond our control. What your question asks about sounds like a dissection of the coronary artery, which can happen to anyone and is quite serious. Still control those things you can: don't smoke, exercise, and eat right.

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Is it fat or cholesterol that clogs arteries?

Is it fat or cholesterol that clogs arteries?

It's several things: Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is a complex process. The majority of a plaque ("blockage") is made up of cholesterol and triglycerides that come packaged in ldl-cholesterol particles. Although we say ldl-cholesterol, there is triglyceride also. The plaque also contains many white blood cells which turn into immobile cells called foam cells. The plaque is an area of inflammation.

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I'm just wondering, if you have normal cholesterol can you have a narrowed artery?

I'm just wondering, if you have normal cholesterol can you have a narrowed artery?

Atherosclerosis: Cholesterol is only one risk factor associated with narrowed vessels. Narrowed vessels can occur with normal cholesterol.

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If cholesterol clogs your arteries, why are eggs healthy?

If cholesterol clogs your arteries, why are eggs healthy?

Not just cholesterol: Eggs have more than cholesterol in them. Two whole eggs (and almost unlimited egg whites) are good for you. Egg yolks have lutein, which is good for vision. Egg white are a fat free source of protein!

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What is hardening of the arteries? High cholesterol or bp? Which arteries?

What is hardening of the arteries? High cholesterol or bp? Which arteries?

Hello: Hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis) refers to disease of the arteries leading to thickening of the artery wall and erosions of the inner lining of the arteries. Arteries are hoses that carry blood (source of fuel and oxygen) from the heart to various organs (brain, kidney, arm leg, liver). Disease leads to obstruction and reduced blood flow.

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What are the best preventive foods for fighting cholesterol and healthy arteries?

See below: Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco in any form and do not take any more than one drink on a given day.

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How can fat and cholesterol get into your blood system and clog up the arteries?

How can fat and cholesterol get into your blood system and clog up the arteries?

In Short: It gets taken up into the cells. Then, immune cells called monocytes see it and turn into their bigger, meaner cousin called macrophages. Those macrophages get angry and foam things up in the tissues and lead to the repetition of this cycle.

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I had slightly elevated cholesterol for last 10 years Age 35 Total 200~240. Is there any test to access the damage I have done so far to arteries.?

I had slightly elevated cholesterol for last 10 years Age 35 Total 200~240. Is there any test to access the damage I have done so far to arteries.?

High cholesterol: Hi. Total cholesterol is a fairly uninformative number, and treatment decisions should not be based on it. It helps to know your overall profile. If "high" is due to HDL, no problem. If "high" is due to LDL, that is a risk for atherosclerosis. Are your triglycerides high or normal? Hi triglycerides correlate with low HDL, which is another risk for atherosclerosis. So without more information...

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Could normal cholesterol in blood indicate your arteries are healthy?

Arteries: The health of arteries depends on many factors, cholesterol is just one factor of many. Its better to have normal cholesterol but it isn't the only variable.

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Does reducing your LDL cholesterol actually reduce plaque in your arteries?

Does reducing your LDL cholesterol actually reduce plaque in your arteries?

Possibly: Several studies shows that when this happens, over time you may see an improvement in your vascular health as evidenced by stabilization of plaque, reduction in plaque size, and reduction in carotid wall thickness.

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Should eggs be avoided for breakfast? Will it clog our arteries, by raising our cholesterol?

Eggs: Recent studies suggest that occasional egg intake is ok with respect to cholesterol levels.