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Doctor insights on: What Causes Arterial Plaque

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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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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more


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Can 30% plaque in your carotid artery cause pain in the carotid/neck area?

Can 30% plaque in your carotid artery cause pain in the carotid/neck area?

Not a sign of plaque: 30% block in your carotid artery will not cause pain in your neck area.It is an indicator that it can compromise the blood flow to the brain if gets worse.One has to control the LDL levels in blood and bring it down with statins and diet.If it it prgresses to 60% or more, than you will need endarterectomy and reduce the chances of it leading to stroke. ...Read more

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How much blockage in artery or arteries can cause a heart attack. Also does blockage come from plaque and clot.

How much blockage in artery or arteries can cause a heart attack.  Also does blockage come from plaque and clot.

Blockage is 100%: to suffer an injury the artery must get closed off for a period of time. Talks about percent stenosis (narrowing) reflect how much of the native artery remains open for flow, that number also gives an estimate about how possible it would be for a small clot to come along and plug up that vessel. The usual way the "door slams shut" is when a clot floats in and finishes making a blockage. ...Read more

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Can excercise+diet+statin clear arterial plaque??

Can excercise+diet+statin clear arterial plaque??

Probably: Atheroscleortic plaque can be decreased by diet, medication and exercise. Case studies show that even in patients with coronary artery disease who have had bypass, dietary changes can play a significant role in preventing further worsening of arterial changes and may reverse pre-existing disease. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11832674 ...Read more

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Is it clinically proven that arterial plaque deposits can be reversed by a combination of good diet, good excercise and relaxation excercises?

Yes, well proven!: What you are describing is the exciting pioneering research done by dean ornish md. Until these landmark studies it was not thought that lifestyle changes could have such a profound impact. See http://www.Pmri.Org/research.Html#highlights and http://www.Amazon.Com/ornishs-program-reversing-heart-disease/dp/0804110387 many insurers now cover programs based on his research. ...Read more

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What are the dangers of arterial plaque in vessels?

What are the dangers of arterial plaque in vessels?

Atherosclerosis: Plaque build up may be progressive and cut off the flow of blood to the receiving organ like the heart, brain, legs etc. Or the plaque can break open sending little pieces down stream or worse the plaque can break open and potentate a blood clot that completely and suddenly blocks the flow of blood - think heart attack or stroke. This is the #1 cause of death in the United States. ...Read more

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Are saturated fats always found in plaque build up on arterial walls?

Are saturated fats always found in plaque build up on arterial walls?

It contributes to pl: Plaque consists of calcium, fat, cholesterol and cellular waste, so there is some saturated fat along with calcium and cholesterol in the arterial plaque which causes atherosclerosis. ...Read more

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Is there an correlation with arterial plaque build up and risk of aneurysms?

Is there an correlation with arterial plaque build up and risk of aneurysms?

Yes: Almost all of the abdominal aortic aneurysms arise from blood vessel wall damage due to atherosclerosis. Smokers are at greater risk. ...Read more

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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