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Why is atherosclerosis dangerous for people?

Why is atherosclerosis dangerous for people?

Atherosclerosis: Narrows arteries over time and thus can ultimately cause strokes, heart attacks both of which can be lethal. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Atherosclerosis (Definition)

Atherosclerosis is also known as Blocked arteries. Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is a condition in which a person has build-up of fat, cholesterol, and other substances in the walls of his arteries. Over the years, these substances build-up to form hardened spots called plaques, which can break off pieces of itself and clog arteries downstream ...Read more


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What makes atherosclerosis dangerous?

What makes atherosclerosis dangerous?

The end result: Atherosclerosis is a progressive disease that involves all the arterial systems of the body, the brain, the heart, the kidneys, the gut and the limbs. As it progresses, it causes reduction of blood flow to these areas chronically, and the end organ becomes a target for embolization of the plaque or blood clot caused by atherosclerosis on an acute basis. ...Read more

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What is atherosclerosis and what makes it dangerous to you?

What is atherosclerosis and what makes it dangerous to you?

Hardening/occlusion : Atherosclerosis is hardening of the artery by accumulation and building up plaque in its wall causing narrowing and occlusion of the artery and sometimes embolization which includes sending small clots or particles downstream with the end result of blocking blood to tissues and organs causing damages and death. ...Read more

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Please tell me if it is dangerous to have 2 blocked arteries? Is it deadly?Can it be cured?

Please tell me if it is dangerous to have 2 blocked arteries? Is it deadly?Can it be cured?

Blocked arteries: You have many arteries in your body. Some are more important and others. Some smaller arteries can be blocked with no consequences what so ever. How serious your situation is depends on which arteries are the blocked ones. ...Read more

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Do people with excellent lipid levels still get atherosclerosis?

Do people with excellent lipid levels still get atherosclerosis?

Yes: But to a lesser degree. Many feel that atherosclerosis is just part of aging as studies have shown it starts to develop around the age of 35. Controlling lipid levels is very important to prevent the rate at which it may become clinically significant. ...Read more

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What choices do I have for treating atherosclerosis?

What choices do I have for treating atherosclerosis?

So many!: Start with a healthy diet-vegetarian, vegan, low animal fat or some variant. Add exercise: 30 minutes 5 days a week minimum if able. If you're smoking: stop! if you're overweight or obese, start to slowly aim for normal weight. Have your cholesterol checked and treat with meds if necessary. Check your BP and treat if needed. Finally, choose your parents wisely! ...Read more

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Is atherosclerosis hereditary?

It can be: Yes, atherosclerosis, cholesterol and many other factors can be hereditary - there is a genetic factor - but that is not the end of the story. Smoking, diabetes, overweight/obesity, diet, exercise, cholesterol control (i.e. The preceeding and medications) can influence the progress of atherosclerosis. 1st: know you numbers, 2nd: control the aforementioned factors and take your rx(s). ...Read more

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What's atherosclerosis from?

What's atherosclerosis from?

Multifactorial: Usually a combination of having a family history, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol, smoking. These are the main players. ...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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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