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Testosterone Effects Vs. Clogged Arteries
Many things to do:: Tx for clogged arteries generally starts with a healthy diet, regular exercise which both can lead to good weight. Tx also starts w/ stopping smoking, if pt smokes. Except for aspirin, most medication used to tx clogged arteries are prescription only. All meds & tx, including aspirin, should be used under direction of ur doctor given the risks (ex bleeding from aspirin), need for monitoring, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Depends on where: Since clogged arteries can occur in many places in the body, symptoms will depend on which arteries are clogged. If they're in the heart a person may feel chest pain and have a heart attack. If they're in the leg, there may be pain in the calves while walking. Clogged arteries in the neck or brain can lead to a stroke. If the artery to an organ gets clogged it can lead to failure of that organ. ...Read more
Angioplasty - Bypass: In angioplasty (potentially less invasive) a thin, high tensile strength folded plastic balloon (with or without a stent) is passed into narrowings & hydraulically inflated using pressures 50 to 250 x's arterial pressure to expand the narrowing. In bypass surgery (more invasive) another vessel (commonly a vein) is sewn into an artery prior to a narrowing and again downstream from the narrowing. ...Read more
Rarely: One can sometimes on a technically good study see portions of the coronary arteries. The oringin of the left main coronary artery for instance is not uncommonly seen. There are at the present time much better tests to visualize ther coronary arteries. One can see the results of the clogged artery, (a non-moving or poorly moving part of the heart muscle related to a blockage.). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually pain: A clogged artery in the heart prevents oxygen from being delivered to the heart muscle. This will cause pain especially when the heart is being stressed as during exercise or in cold weather. The pain is usually experienced as squeezing or pressure and can be present in the chest, neck, back, or arm. A person may also get sweaty and feel short of breath. ...Read more
Assessing risks: Do you have symptoms? Are you a diabetic or smoke cigarettes? Cocaine? Etc..If not, your risk given your age and female gender would be low . Your doctor may order an ekg/stress test if you do have symptoms but we do not routinely screen young women without symptoms or risk factors. What i would recommend is checking your cholesterol and working on preventative measures. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Options: The gold stndrd is "cardiac cath, " where tiny wire & tube are fed from artery in groin or arm to vessels of heart and dye is injected by fluoroscopy to create a roadmap of heart's vessels--can also open / stent narrow/clogged arteries. Other ways are indirect & include ct scan that looks for calcium in heart vessels (=blockage) or a nuclear med study looking for uptake by heart muscle. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No.: No. Those are unrelated problems.Get a more detailed answer ›
Alternatives: Surgical intervention works very well but if you want an alternative to surgical intervention, there are diet and exercise programs for reversing heart disease. There are centers that specialize in this type of treatment. Two of many examples are the Nathan Pritikin Resort and the Dr. McDougall Health and Medical Center. These programs really work and have good research behind them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Clogged arteries: Well, it is possible if you have diabetes, high bad cholesterol, obesity, high blood pressure and strong family history, some studies suggest that a high level of Triglyceride may raise the risk of heart disease especially in women, if triglyceride is higher than 400 I would be worried about my Pancreas ...Read more
Work w/ your doctor: Tx can serve to stabilize the plaque that is present & later to try & reverse it. It will req hard wk, determination, but you can do it w/ help from a proactive doctor. 1st need thorough cardiovasc eval, then tx plan & follow up. Tx will likely include: no tob, healthy diet, reg exercise, achieve ideal weight, maintain good bp, normal glucose (sugar) & good cholesterol & adv lipid levels & more. ...Read more
Thigh pain: It is possible but at your age it is extremely unlikely and probably is muscular. ...Read more
Very little: Once established, atherosclerotic plaque has very little chance of decreasing. The best course is to begin risk modifications and hope to stop the progression of plaque. There are some reports of decreasing plaque thickness with extreme cholesterol lowering, but the clinical correlation to decreased mi and stoke had not been proven. ...Read more
If my family has a history of enlarged hearts and clogged arteries. Does this make me or at risk?
Yes: Family history is a risk factor & inc. Chances. See your md, or a cardiologist for more info. ...Read more
Atherosclerosis is a common disease affecting the walls of arteries. Commonly described as "clogged" blood vessels, it can cause heart attack or stroke even without severe blockages: e.g., if blood clots form on plaques. High levels of LDL cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, & aging can all contribute to atherosclerosis, but prevention is possible ...Read more
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