What happens to plaque that has “broken off” inside your arteries if it never ends up causing a clot or stroke?

do your kidneys filter it out? my reason for asking is, wouldn’t routine periods of smoking, high sodium intake, and stress be preventative maintenance toward a large piece of plaque causing a heart attack?

2 Responses to “What happens to plaque that has “broken off” inside your arteries if it never ends up causing a clot or stroke?”

  1. c_schumacker Says:

    When a plaque breaks off the flow dictates that it will eventually get caught down stream. Arteries start large bore and get progressively smaller until they are capillaries (microscopic). Also once a plaque breaks off it induces a chain reaction of events to activate the blood to clot, thereby clogging the artery entirely at the point of rupture…even a small rupture.

    Therefore your idea would not work too well.

    Good luck.

  2. readytobeme Says:

    Your body absorbs it or the kidneys filter it, but routine periods of smoking, high sodium intake and stress, would be like trying to fight fire with fire. While I know that fighting fire with fire does happen, and does work, trying it on your body would be just plain silly. It doesn’t work that way – it only puts another nail in your coffin,