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Atherosclerosis - can it reverse itself if you raise your hdl?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
10 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly

It may work that way but it is not proven.

In brief: Possibly

It may work that way but it is not proven.
Dr. Mark Stern
Dr. Mark Stern
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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes but also LDL etc

Driving low density lipoprotein (fat carrying protein) particle concentrations very low is most proven.
But drive functional large high density lipoprotein particle concentrations high also helps, keep blood glucose low (hba1c ~ 5.0 optimal), keeping resting BP low normal, not smoking, minimize processed sugar intake, minimize excess body fat, stay physically active, face & handle emotional stress.

In brief: Yes but also LDL etc

Driving low density lipoprotein (fat carrying protein) particle concentrations very low is most proven.
But drive functional large high density lipoprotein particle concentrations high also helps, keep blood glucose low (hba1c ~ 5.0 optimal), keeping resting BP low normal, not smoking, minimize processed sugar intake, minimize excess body fat, stay physically active, face & handle emotional stress.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
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Dr. Robert Vorhies
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Despite aggressive attempts decrease plaque burden with medication alone, results have been unsatisfying.
The risk of high dose medications to achieve the ultra-low LDL levels can be seriously detrimental to your health. However, raising HDL with activity and other healthy lifestyle changes can stop plaque in it's tracks to avoid serious complications.

In brief: No

Despite aggressive attempts decrease plaque burden with medication alone, results have been unsatisfying.
The risk of high dose medications to achieve the ultra-low LDL levels can be seriously detrimental to your health. However, raising HDL with activity and other healthy lifestyle changes can stop plaque in it's tracks to avoid serious complications.
Dr. Robert Vorhies
Dr. Robert Vorhies
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