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Why Does Atherosclerosis Not Affect Veins
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
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
Hi doctors, can you tell me what is one disease that affects the lymphatic vessels similarly to the way atherosclerosis affects arteries?
No similar disease: There is no analogous disease.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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, then 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
Slowly: Atheroscleroisis is a slow degenerative and proliferative process until a plaque ruptures and ulcerates, suddenly sub-totally blocking an artery. The process is completed by a clot forming at the site of ulceration. Until that day, it's a silent, gradual buildup of cholesterol, calcium, smooth muscle cells, macrophages and debris. ...Read more
Dr. M. DeBakey et al: Dr. Debakey is the first to promulgate the idea that atherosclerosis is caused by both inflammation and infection. Clamydia (not the std) was co-discovered in atherosclerotic plaques from all types of vessels (carotid, aortic, femoral, renal...). Further, evidence derives from our teeth. Most persons who have periodontal disease have had/will have a heart attack. This is an evolving science... ...Read more
Atherosclerosis: 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 with good medical care. ...Read more
Unlikely: Very rare at this age unless there is strong genetic predisposition ...Read more
Lifestyle: Since you already have the genes you were given, regular exercise of 150 minutes a week and a diet high in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains with limited amounts of animal products is your ticket to success. Check out http://www.Walkwithadoc. Org for a fun fitness program near you. ...Read more
Two answers: Generally speaking, atherosclerosis hardens the arteries, increasing both the systolic and diastolic number. However, it is an interesting paradox that when these arteries become hard, the usual blood pressure technique (with a cuff) becomes much less reliable and can frequently register abnormally high systolic (top number) pressures. ...Read more
Same illness: The former is an old word, the latter is more specific. This is our most common and dangerous disease, managed primarily through healthy lifestyle changes with medication as an adjunct and surgery and stent placement only if required. Getting into a fitness-focused lifestyle is your best protection. ...Read more
Varied: It depends on the artery distribution. If arteries to the heart are affected patients can have chest pain or a heart attack. Arteries to the brain may or may not have symptoms but mini strokes and full strokes can occur. Build up in arteries to the legs lead to problems with walking and wound development. ...Read more
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Generally these are two terms for the same phenomenon, build up of cholesterol and plaque in the arteries of the body. This is made worse by high cholesterol and smoking, can run in families and is also more common in diabetics and patients with hypertension
exercise, good diet no smoking and control of blood pressure and diabetes are the keys to treatments ...Read more
Synonyms: They are the same.Get a more detailed answer ›
Is it true that BP meds just treat the symptom and don't address the cause which most say is atherosclerosis and that CV risk is minimally reduced?
No.: True cause of high BP is in most cases unknown, probably multifactorial and not atherosclerosis. Elevated BP is a "sign" and has no "symptoms." AKA "the silent killer." BP meds treat systems that raise blood pressure. CV benefit depends upon other risk factors you may have. Suffice it to say that the big three modifiable risk factors are high blood pressure, diabetes and smoking ...Read more
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
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