Does everybody have at least alittle plaque in their arteries?

Do all people, as they age, have some degree of arterial plaque in their arteries, even if it's just a single one, or do some people have no plaque ever, in their arteries. Thank you.

4 Responses to “Does everybody have at least alittle plaque in their arteries?”

  1. CDRN Says:

    Most people do have some as they age but I've seen people in their 70's and 80's have no plaque in their arteries. Its rare but it does happen. I work in an outpt dept where we have patients coming in for cardiac catheterizations, so I see them everyday.

  2. Tim Br Says:

    I'd say everyone has some.
    Saturated fat is the main dietary cause of high blood cholesterol. Saturated fat is found mostly in foods from animals and some plants. Foods from animals include beef, beef fat, veal, lamb, pork, lard, poultry fat, butter, cream, milk, cheeses and other dairy products made from whole and 2 percent milk. All of these foods also contain dietary cholesterol. Foods from plants that contain saturated fat include coconut, coconut oil, palm oil and palm kernel oil (often called tropical oils).
    High cholesterol causes high blood pressure. The best thing for high cholesterol is Losing weight. A plant-based diet in conjunction with a properly conducted fast most often leads to a total recovery or a vast improvement in hypertension and angina.

  3. abacons Says:

    This site talks about the development of arteriosclerosis (the hardening of arteries from the buildup of plaque):

    http://www.therubins.com/aging/proc5.htm

    "It has been documented that arteriosclerosis begins in early childhood in the form of fatty streaks. Fatty streaks are slightly raised areas of fat-filled cells (called foam cells) found within the inner wall of blood vessels and would appear to arise from macrophages and contain a lot of cholesterol esters. One study showed that about 65% of the children have substantial accumulations of these cells. As individuals age, the fatty streaks increase into the second and third decades of life and then decrease, being replaced by lesions called atheromas at about the fourth decade. These lesions replace the normal cellular architecture and also fibrous plaques develop. The fibrous plaques cause complication in the lesions as well as ulceration, thrombosis, hemorrhage and mineralization with resultant myocardial infarctions and strokes due to occlusion of an artery."

    What we learned in physiology is that in industrialized countries such as the US and Canada this process is speeded up because of the unhealthy diets we eat from an early age. You know how they are always talking about the obesity epidemic in young children today? Well think of how that increases the fatty buildup leading to the development of plaque!

  4. Roland Says:

    I don't agree. If you are a vegetarian or fruitarian you won't get any plaques. trying to make as a usual thing will not improve your conditions. Start eating fruits NOW. Recent studies have found that eating fruits(a good amount per day) is even more beneficial than exercising. That's totally new. Fruits remove plaques , go for it my friend.