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Why does atherosclerosis not affect my veins?

Why does atherosclerosis not affect my veins?

Atherosclerosis: Atherosclerosis develops in the portion of the artery wall that is muscular. There is no muscle in veins, so plaque does not develop in these types of vessels. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Atherosclerosis (Definition)

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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Why doesn't atherosclerosis affect veins?

Why doesn't atherosclerosis affect veins?

Low pressure: We don't know everything about how atherosclerosis works, but we do know that there has to be a certain stretch on the wall for it to get going. Venous pressure is of course much lower than arterial pressure. In the pulmonary arteries, atherosclerosis occurs when, and only when, pulmonary arterial blood pressure approaches sytemic arterial pressure. ...Read more

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Can blocked arteries or vessels be detected in a CT scan of the brain?

Can blocked arteries or vessels be detected in a CT scan of the brain?

Yes: Modern high resolution ct angiography has attained such detail that is simply amazing. For a clinically significant blockage, there is a very good chance it will be detected. ...Read more

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I am probably silly to lose sleep over this, but I don't want to have the same problems as my ancestors. How can I prevent atherosclerosis?

I am probably silly to lose sleep over this, but I don't want to have the same problems as my ancestors. How can I prevent atherosclerosis?

Healthy lifestyle: There are no guarantees, but you may decrease risk of atherosclerosis by eating a plant-based diet or one with small amounts of lean meat and fish. Look into the mediterranean diet, which includes olive oil, nuts, fruit, veggies & fish. Whole grains have been shown to decrease risk. Aerobic exercise to keep your cardiovascular system tuned. If you tend to have a lot of anger, consider counseling. ...Read more

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What does atherosclerosis mean?

Plaque build up: It is 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. ...Read more

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How does atherosclerosis start?

How does atherosclerosis start?

Multiple causes: Atherosclerosis is a complex process with diffrent risk factors. Age, htn, high cholesterol, diabetes, family history, tobacco use. The liningof blood vessel has a barrier that protects it. If something causes damage to this, than cholesterol can enter the wall of the vessel and accumulate. Such things as high blood pressue and diabetes are examples of dz that can damage the lining and promote ashd. ...Read more

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Can you reverse atherosclerosis?

Can you reverse atherosclerosis?

Maybe: Medication and life style changes can prevent progression and in some cases cause some reversal of the disease. ...Read more

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When could atherosclerosis begin?

When could atherosclerosis begin?

Even in Pre-teens: While atherosclerosis is detectable in preteens it's consequences typically do the manifest until the 50's or later. Atherosclerosis is primarily a consequence of an unhealthy diet with obesity being the main risk factor. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Busuttil
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Blocked Arteries (Definition)

Blocked arteries is a condition in which a person has decreased or no blood flow in one or more of his arteries, due to obstructions inside the artery such as thick plaques, floating clumps of broken plaques, blood clots, etc... Severe compression due to a problem on the outside of an artery can also ...Read more


Dr. Ted King
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Veins (Definition)

Veins are thin walled vessels that carry deoxygenated blood ...Read more