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What does hardening of the arteries signal?

Hardening of

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It means that ones arteries have become stiff due to a process known as "Atherosclerosis" happens over a period of time.It usually applies to coronary arteries.which could mean a future heart attack.
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Does anyone know, after an ultra-sound, that I had very early stages of hardening of the arteries. is there a difference in this & clogged arteries?

Matter of degree

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Early stages doesn't mean "clogged" but can lead to it in time.
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What causes hardening of the arteries?

Several things

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Hight blood pressure , Diabetes, high cholesterol , smoking , family history of early atherosclerosis , some hypercoagulable disease like homocystenemia , vasculitis .
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Is arteriosclerosis hardening of the arteries?

Atherosclerosis

Arteriosclerosis
It is a progressive hardening of the arteries, caused by fat, cholesterol, and other substances building up in the arteries - this is called plaque - making the arteries stiffer.This plaque interferes with the normal function of the arteries and can cause problems and symptoms throughout the body.The plaque can block the arteries and/or it can break off and flow to smaller vessels and block them.
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What is hardening of the arteries? High cholesterol or BP? Which arteries?

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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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Is there any way to test or diagnose hardening of the arteries?

Yes IVUSorCarotidUS

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Arterial disease typically begins in childhood, is within artery walls (NOT openings), thus angiograms & especially stress tests do not detect. Best examine wall of arteries. The most effective is IVUS: intravascular ultrasound. But this is complex, invasive & expensive using catheters, guide wires & blood contrast agents. Less effective alternative: high quality US from outside of larger arteries
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How do I prevent hardening of the arteries?

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Risk of arteriosclerosis is reduced when smoking is discontinued, blood pressure is normalized and cholesterol is reduced. If there is diabetes, control is important. There is also a role for exercise. Achieving ideal body weight is important as well. Residual risk resulting from heredity is of course not amenable to change.
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Hardening of the arteries and narrowing of the arteries are same thing?

Yes - sort of

Artery
These are terms for atherosclerosis or arteriosclerosis. This disease causes the walls of blood vessels to thick and develop what we call plaques. Eventually it can lead to narrowing of the arteries.
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How are hardening of the arteries & clogged arteries. different?

Arteries

Artery
Hardening of arteries- means loss of elasticity of the arteries. Mostly it is due to arterial calfication or sclerosis or atherosclerosis. Blocked arteries- it is blockage of arteries either from calfic deposits or cholesterol deposits or both.
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Is there an alternative medicine for hardening of the arteries?

There are multiple

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There are many alternative choices of medicine for Athero. The best and by far both the most effective and safe are the Statins. Others including Fibrates, Niaspan and others. If you are asking if there are any supplements then no. There are lifestyle things you can do including stop smoking, exercise (40 minutes daily, but gtake your time getting to that point) and eat a mediteranian type diet
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