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What Causes Arterial Plaque
Could it happen that a fall causes a plaque build up in an artery to break off and cause a complete blockage?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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