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Is it possible to reverse plaque build-up in the small arterioles through diet and exercise?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Some studies show the start of plaque regression at HDL levels greater than 45 mg/dl.
This may be accomplished through cardiovascular exercise, diets that are low in saturated fats and rich in unsaturated fats, and dietay supplements containing omega-3 fish oils. Consult with your family doctor, internist, or cardiologist for more details.

In brief: Yes

Some studies show the start of plaque regression at HDL levels greater than 45 mg/dl.
This may be accomplished through cardiovascular exercise, diets that are low in saturated fats and rich in unsaturated fats, and dietay supplements containing omega-3 fish oils. Consult with your family doctor, internist, or cardiologist for more details.
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Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
Recent observational studies say yes. Controlled studies are needed before firm conclusions an be drawn, See http://www.dresselstyn.com/site/articles-studies/ for information.
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine

In brief: Yes

Plagues do regress with exercise and diet.
Non randomized studies have shown improvement in vascular compliance and reduction arteriolarscelerosis with control of cholestrol, exercise and diet.

In brief: Yes

Plagues do regress with exercise and diet.
Non randomized studies have shown improvement in vascular compliance and reduction arteriolarscelerosis with control of cholestrol, exercise and diet.
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Dr. Trent Proffitt
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: No

Atherosclerosis is not reversable mostly.
However, with diet and excercise you can stabilze the disease process and prevent the "slope on the curve" of it getting worse, as it typically does with aging.

In brief: No

Atherosclerosis is not reversable mostly.
However, with diet and excercise you can stabilze the disease process and prevent the "slope on the curve" of it getting worse, as it typically does with aging.
Dr. Trent Proffitt
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