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Are there any medications or supplements that can open blocked arteries in the heart?

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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology

In brief: Not exactly

Blockages in coronary arteries are made of cholesterol plaques.
Blood thinners like Aspirin and fish oil can prevent clots from forming on plaques and causing attack. Statins may stabilize plaque and slow growth. Nitrates can keep the arteries from squeezing, relieving angina. Niacin and exercise can raise good cholesterol and sweep out the bad. Only "cure" is stent and/or bypass surgery.

In brief: Not exactly

Blockages in coronary arteries are made of cholesterol plaques.
Blood thinners like Aspirin and fish oil can prevent clots from forming on plaques and causing attack. Statins may stabilize plaque and slow growth. Nitrates can keep the arteries from squeezing, relieving angina. Niacin and exercise can raise good cholesterol and sweep out the bad. Only "cure" is stent and/or bypass surgery.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Dr. Matt Malkin
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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology

In brief: Don't we wish!

None that we feel certain about.
There is some evidence, that in certain situations, "statin" drugs may cause some plaque or lesion regression. Some times, coronary lesions may be associated with inflammation, in which case anti inflammatory drugs(ibuprofen) could theoretically reduce lesion size. But there is no reliable data to support the latter.

In brief: Don't we wish!

None that we feel certain about.
There is some evidence, that in certain situations, "statin" drugs may cause some plaque or lesion regression. Some times, coronary lesions may be associated with inflammation, in which case anti inflammatory drugs(ibuprofen) could theoretically reduce lesion size. But there is no reliable data to support the latter.
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
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