Plaque In Arteries

How NOT to Prevent a Stroke

…for a stroke is carotid artery stenosis, which is the buildup of plaque in the arteries in the neck that supply blood to the brain. Treatment options for carotid artery stenosis include drugs and lifestyle changes. Two invasive procedures are also used to treat carotid artery stenosis and to prevent…

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Benefits of Bergamot

…do. This is important because unlike LDL, which builds up in the plaque deposited in diseased arteries, HDL escorts cholesterol out of the arteries to the liver. Therefore, a low HDL level is an independent risk factor for heart disease. In a placebo-controlled clinical trial, Italian researchers gave…

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Inflammation and Heart Disease

…been built around the idea that large, cholesterol-filled blockages in the arteries cause heart attacks. That concept is just plain wrong. The reality is that as many as 80 percent of all heart attacks occur when smaller plaques, destabilized by inflammation, rupture and attract a blood clot that blocks…

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Should You Have an Angiogram?

…method of assessing the degree of blockage in the heart arteries. In truth, angiograms are far from precise. Technical problems can undermine the accuracy of this test. When the dye is injected into an artery, the pressure of the injection can distend an arterial segment and give false readings. And positioning…

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Nuts: A Heart-Healthy Snack

…converted to its oxidized, artery-damaging form. * Nuts also contain arginine, an amino acid that the body converts into nitric oxide. This gaseous molecule protects against the adherence of plaque, prevents blood platelets from sticking together, and relaxes the arteries, helping to lower blood pressure…

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Nutrient Spotlight: 3 Primary Antioxidants

…only by the body’s metabolism but also by heavy metals, environmental toxins, drugs, and radiation. By decreasing LDL cholesterol and plaque deposits on artery walls, vitamin E reduces the probability of heart attack, stroke, and atherosclerosis. It is also an effective therapy for preventing Alzheimer’s…

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