Hi, may I answer your health queries right now ? My husband has a branch renal arterial occlusion cause by an embolus. The concern now is that because it was caused by a bit of plaque breaking off in an artery elsewhere, that he could have a stroke if more breaks off and lodges in his brain. I am confident that he can lower his cholesterol (total 235 and LDL 148 checkup last month). My concern is what can be done to reduce the arterial plaque already there without resorting to statins?