Can heart arteries harden from causes other than plaque build up?

Yes. Heart is a very metabolically active organ and needs several nutrients to function well like coq10, l-carnitine, magnesium, ribose etc and lack of these will cause the vessels to have greater stiffness. Also indiscriminate of calcium supplements is causing abnormal calcifications of the whole body and arteries.

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Rupturing of soft plaque in arteries can cause problems. What is the best way to control the breaking off of soft plaque to prevent heart attacks, etc?

Depends. There are multiple issues: Do not use tobacco, if you have high blood pressure - control it, same for diabetes. If high cholesterol may need statins. Life style modifications are prudent. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco or alcohol in any form. Practice safe sex. Read more...

How do you predict whether or not somebody has plaque in arteries or the heart?

Risk factors. Age and risk factors put together can be very good predictors of atherosclerosis and risk of heart disease and stroke. Tests such as carotid intimal thickness and coronary calcium score can be helpful in certain instances. Stress testing is used to evaluate whether atherosclerosis is limiting blood flow to the heart and is generally done to evaluate symptoms such as chest pain and dyspnea. Read more...

Where do soft plaques come, from? The ones in the heart artery?

Cholesterol. Hard plaques have a good amount of calcium, the building block of bones. Soft ones, usually have more lipids or cholesterol. Read more...

How to naturally reduce the plaque in the arteries for coronary heart?

CAD. Coronary artery disease and its sequelae are one of the leading cause of morbidity and mortality throughout the world. Certainly, genetics play a large role in plaque buildup. A diet low in fat/cholesterol and avoiding cigarettes are two of the best ways to reduce your chances of developing diseased arteries. Read more...

What tests show plaque in your arteries of your heart? If my chest gets heavy during an argument could that be angina?

Multiple. A CT scan, either for calcium score or angiogram will show calcified plaque non-invasively, a cardiac catheterization, or coronary angiogram will show soft or calcified plaque, but is an invasive test. A simpler test, such as a stress test, may be a good starting point. Check with your doc. Read more...