Is the plaque that builds in your heart (artherosclerosis)a reversable process can this plaque be eliminated?

The plaque that I am talking about is the plaque that builds in the inside or your arteries specially the coronary arteries because of fat intake, lack of exersices,too much sugar ,stress ,ect is this plaque reversible if you eat good food ,if you exersice, if you reduce stress ,or is there any other way known to man to reduce this plaque without taking medications. I believe medications all have a side effect.
How can this plaque be eliminated without medications.

2 Responses to “Is the plaque that builds in your heart (artherosclerosis)a reversable process can this plaque be eliminated?”

  1. savoirfairemn Says:

    Akjmar1 – Atherosclerosis will probably prove to be reversible, but at this point, the medical community has not found a way to reliably do so. Most of the treatments that are currently utilized including dietary modification, exercise, and medications are not directed at reversing plaque but at halting its progression and prevention of future events such as heart attacks. The fact is that several of the medications that are used for patients with coronary atherosclerosis are proven to decrease the long-term risk of death, heart attacks, heart failure and strokes even though they do not reverse the plaque that is already there. Only one medication has had a study that suggests the POSSIBILITY that aggressive cholesterol-lowering may reverse plaque to a VERY SMALL DEGREE. That is a recent study (ASTEROID study) using Crestor, although the same affect could probably be achieved with other drugs in the same class.

    Coronary stenting can reduce the amount of stenosis in a particular segment of a coronary artery if it is so tight that it is causing problems. However, what is actually being done is that the plaque is being squished and the vessel is being stretched to allow normal flow, so the atherosclerosis is not being reversed per se. Some people have pushed chelation therapy with EDTA as a miraculous cure for atherosclerosis. I would be ecstatic to find a treatment that can successfully eliminate plaque without any invasive procedures, but unfortunately, chelation with EDTA is not the answer. There has been a lot of unsubstantiated hype about the success of chelation, but absolutely no well-designed clinical trials that have demonstrated any such effect. Currently, the data that has been used to support such a treatment has lacked a control group for comparison and has been unstandardized. Believe me, if there were any shred of evidence that this treatment were actually effective, the insurance companies (which carry a HUGE clout) would never agree to pay for bypass surgery and stents when (supposedly) such a cheap and effective alternative exists! Their primary goal is to make as much money and spend as little of it as possible!

    It is true that medications frequently carry some degree of side effects, but it is important to weigh the risks and benefits. Would I be willing to take a drug with minimal side effects if you told me it would reduce my risk of having a heart attack by 30% or more? Absolutely! Nobody should ever take a medication without good reason because of potential toxicities, but that is not a reason to shun them altogether. I recommend that you talk to your physician about your questions in more detail. Hope this information was helpful.

  2. Mz C Says:

    "To help prevent atherosclerosis, a person needs to eliminate the controllable risk factors, high blood cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, obesity, and lack of exercise. So depending on a particular person's risk factors, prevention may consist of lowering cholesterol levels, lowering blood pressure, quitting smoking, losing weight, and beginning an exercise program. Fortunately, taking steps to achieve some of these goals helps achieve others. For instance, starting an exercise program helps a person lose weight, which in turn helps lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Quitting smoking helps lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

    In people who already have a high risk of heart disease, smoking is particularly dangerous. Cigarette smoking decreases the level of good cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein cholesterol or HDL cholesterol) and increases the level of bad cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein cholesterol or LDL cholesterol). Smoking also raises the level of carbon monoxide in the blood, which may increase the risk of injury to the lining of the arterial wall, and smoking constricts arteries already narrowed by atherosclerosis, further decreasing the amount of blood reaching the tissues. Plus, smoking increases the blood's tendency to clot, so it increases the risk of peripheral arterial disease, coronary artery disease, stroke, and obstruction of an arterial graft after surgery.

    A smoker's risk of coronary artery disease is directly related to the number of cigarettes smoked daily. People who quit smoking have only half the risk of those who continue to smoke, regardless of how long they smoked before quitting. Quitting also decreases the risk of death after coronary artery bypass surgery or a heart attack. Additionally, quitting decreases illness and the risk of death in those who have atherosclerosis in arteries other than those that supply the heart and brain. In short, the best treatment for atherosclerosis is prevention. When atherosclerosis becomes severe enough to cause complications, a doctor must treat the complications themselves, angina, heart attack, abnormal heart rhythms, heart failure, kidney failure, stroke, or obstructed peripheral arteries."