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Can plaque build up in the brain be reduced or reversed as well as in the carotid arteries?

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Can plaque build up in the brain be reduced or reversed as well as in the carotid arteries>
Posted Tue, 8 Oct 2013 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
Answered by Dr. Sukhvinder Singh 48 minutes later
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1. The medical management for carotid artery plaques or stenosis include cessation of smoking, use of cholesterol lowering agents and good control of high blood pressure & diabetes. All these measure will help in preventing build-up of plaque anywhere in body including blood vessels of heart/ brain and carotid arteries.
2. Literature support the use of statins (cholesterol lowering drugs) in reducing the atherosclerotic plaque burden in carotids and coronary (blood vessels supplying heart) arteries. Optimization (reduction) of weight has also been shown to be associated with reduction in carotid plaques.
2. Beside aspirin therapy is indicated in patient with significant carotid artery plaques for prevention of heart attack. Its role in prevention of stroke in asymptomatic patients is not proven.
Hope this helps. Please do write for further elaboration or queries.
Sukhvinder Singh
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