What can I do to Get Rid of the Plaque in my Arteries/Veins?

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    3 Responses to “What can I do to Get Rid of the Plaque in my Arteries/Veins?”

    1. Dr. B Says:

      Atherosclerotic plaques really only form in arteries and not veins. The disease process is known as atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis begins as injury to the lining of blood vessels, which can lead to the deposition of cholesterol in the blood vessel wall among other things eventually leading to an atherosclerotic plaque. Once the plaque forms, there is not much that can be done to remove it. The most important thing is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. It is always best to prevent a disease then to treat it when it occurs. Risk factors for the development of atherosclerotic plaques include smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, age, family history, obesity, etc. Controlling these risk factors will reduce the chance of atherosclerotic plaques forming in the first place. This means no smoking, well balanced healthy diet full of fruits/vegetables and low in cholesterol and saturated fats. Regular exercise at least 1 hour five times weekly. Alcohol in moderation – 2 drinks per day in men, 1 drink per day in women. Working with the doctor to control diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol is very important. Elevated HDL (good cholesterol) can potentially remove cholesterol from the plaque.

      Once atherosclerotic plaques occur, then there are some procedures that can treat the blockages. If the blockages occur in the blood vessels of the heart, then angioplasty with percutaneous intervention and stent placement can fix the blockage. This procedure is done during a cardiac catheterization, a catheter is threaded into the arteries of the heart. A balloon is dilated (angioplasty) at the site of blockage and a stent can be placed to keep the vessel open. Open heart surgery with coronary artery bypass grafting is another type of treatment that bypasses the blockages. Bypass surgery does no actually clear the blockages. Once again, it is important to prevent the atherosclerotic plaques from developing in the first place with lifestyle modification.

    2. Kathryn L Says:

      There are a variety of prevention and treatment options for clogged arteries. What your doctor prescribes to reduce arterial plaque and prevent clogged arteries will depend on the severity of your condition and your medical history. Your doctor may prescribe one or more of the following:

      1. Lifestyle changes. A healthy lifestyle is essential for the management of arterial plaque and treatment of clogged arteries. This includes:

      eating a diet low in saturated fats and cholesterol and rich in fruits and vegetables
      maintaining a healthy body weight
      not smoking
      exercising regularly
      managing stress levels
      2. Surgical procedures. In some instances, surgery may be necessary to treat clogged arteries and prevent additional arterial plaque accumulation. Surgery may include:

      Stent placement. A metal tube called a stent, which may contain medication, can be placed in an artery to maintain adequate blood flow.
      Bypass surgery. In this operation, arteries from other parts of the body are moved to bypass clogged arteries and help oxygen-rich blood reach its target destination.
      Balloon angioplasty. This procedure helps open clogged arteries that have become partially or fully blocked.
      3. Medications. A number of medications exist that may help control some of the factors that contribute to the accumulation of arterial plaque. These include:

      cholesterol-lowering drugs
      blood pressure-lowering drugs
      aspirin and other blood-thinning drugs, which reduce the likelihood of dangerous blood clot formation

    3. Lincoln6 Says:

      There is a supplement called, "Plaque-Off" that’s occasionally advertised here at Yahoo. Otherwise consume lots of Pomegranate, fresh fruit is best or its juice when it’s out of season. Plaque is similar to a thick toothpaste that can line your artery walls and the result of too much saturated or hydrogenated fat in your diet.