Atherosclerosis

What is Atherosclerosis?

Atherosclerosis is a disease in which plaque builds up inside your arteries. Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances found in the blood. Over time, it hardens and narrows your arteries. This limits the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your organs and may lead to heart attack, stroke or even death.

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i am a 51 year old active adult male, taking Vytorin 10/20 once a day and, after doing blood tests, my AST is 79 and my ALT is 73, i am also experienced low libido and some Erectile dysfunction last week,what might be going on?

doctor1 MD

Hi,

Thanks for the query.

Vytorin 10/20, as you know, is a lipid lowering agent.

Sometimes, high lipid profile can cause atherosclerosis - which can be associated with hypertension / diabetes (that in turn can cause erectile dysfunction). This problem can be identified by doing a "penile Doppler...

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Hi- I am trying to gather as much information to send to my Foster sister on Atherosclerosis of brain arteries. Her Father has some plaque build up of one or more arteries of the brain, but I do not know which are affected. I explained some to her this afternoon, but I am trying to get more explicit information to give to her, to prevent a stroke in her father. She has durable power of attorney for him. They just did a CATT scan, as he gave them a bad scare on Friday night, but he has pneumonia. The CATT Scan did show he has atherosclerosis of at least one brain artery. He fell off a ladder helping a neighbor a few weeks ago and broke his pelvis and some lumbar vertebrates.

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Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

Stroke prevention involves controlling risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking.

By controlling these factors the risk of a stroke is reduced.
This means that all of the above should be maintained within normal range....

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my lipid profile under fasting is blood sugar86 HDL27LDL78triglycerides243 SGOT 35 SGPT 63 what does it mean my lipid profile under fasting is blood sugar86 HDL27LDL78triglycerides243 SGOT 35 SGPT 63 what does it mean

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hi.welcome to HealthcareMagic forum.as per your report every thing is normal except HDL is low and triglyceride is more.you need medication to avoid atherosclerosis like problems.you should visit to physician for this.

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i am 64yrs and diabetic for some time now my systolic is around 160 to 196 but my diastolic is around 75 to 95 , what is the cause and what should i do?

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hi.welcome to HealthcareMagic forum.at the age of 64 this much blood pressure may be due to atherosclerosis,diabetes,lipid,renal insufficiency etc.you should modify your life style like decreased salt,regular exercise,less fatty diet.you should consult physician if blood pressure still remain high.

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Hello
We are of Indian origin, vegetarian and have lived in London since 1976 when we emigrated from East Africa, my father is 76 years old and for the past few months I have noticed that his hands remain cold compared to the rest of his body.
Initially I thought this was due to the bad weather we have had but whilst our home has been warm his hands have remained very cold and they still do even though the weather has become warmer.
What could be the causes of this?
Regards
XXXXXX

doctor1 MD

Hi XXXXXXX welcome and thanks for writing in.
It is not probably due to bad weather. Considering past history of diabetes and stent in heart , it denotes there were arterial block in heart due to hypertension induced atherosclerosis.
Now presenting symptoms are possibly due to atherosclerosis of...

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My 59 year old mother was presenting symptoms of drooling with bladder spasms and incontinence. She was sent for a cat scan that said mild chronic microvascular ischemic changes with calcified plaque in cartoid siphons. What does that mean?

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Hi,

Thanks for writing in.

Carotid siphon is anatomical part of Internal carotid artery (ICA).

After coursing through the base of the skull, its first branch arises, the ophthalmic artery, which supplies blood to the retina. At the base of the brain, the ICA gives rise to the anterior and...

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I have pretty bad restless leg syndrome but I also have very numb feet when I am resting or trying to sleep which is now happening more frequently. Can these two be related?

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Brief Answer:
More detailed information is required

Detailed Answer:
Hi Ms XXXXXXX

Thanks for your query.

I wish that you had given as much details as possible about the duration of Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), medicines tried for RLS so far; drugs being taken for angina problem so that the...

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7 years ago I had a heart ablation. I recently had a screening done and they found a 3.1 cm abdominal aneurysm. I am a healthy 56 year old. Could the heart ablation procedure have caused this aneurysm ?

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Brief Answer:
Ablation is not related with aneurysm...

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Welcome to Healthcare Magic,

Heart ablation has NO relation with the Abdominal Aneurysm. Ablation is a procedure to destroy the heart tissue which is the source of abnormal electrical activity causing your heart rythm...

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When blood pressure is up, will more blood be sent to lower extremities(feet)?
Conversely, when blood pressure is low, is less blood sent to the feet?

doctor1 MD

Hi and welcome to XXXXXXX Thank you for your query.

Generally speaking yes, but blood flow isnt related just to blood pressure but some other factors affect it ( vascular resistance, blood viscosity, heart function).

In most cases low blood pressure causes low blood flow in perifery ( feet,...

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what causes decreased pulses in feet.what causes shortened PR interval?

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Detailed Answer:
Hi and welcome.
Decreased pulses in feet may be sign of reduced blood flow in legs due to atherosclerosis. You should also do CT angiography to see the exact degree of atherosclerosis. Inmost cases itcan be treated by medications and sometimes surgery is...

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hi my father was 76 and died of ischaemic heart disease and severe coronary atherosclerosis: heart hypertrophy and chronic congestive heart failure he was waiting for tests to be done with waiting lists 14 weeks i need to know if he could of been cured if he was seen sooner rather than later

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My husband has had atherosclerotic heart disease and PAD for 28 years. He has lost a leg, and had triple bi pass, need quad but not parts, two blocked again. He has great pain when walking very short distance in both legs. Has had two strokes. He looks ashen. Cardiologist wants us to see 3 different dr. to treat, sleep apnea, legs, and dizziness. Kidney function 50% No one will give me a straight answer on life expectancy, what to expect. No one dr. treats whole disease. Help

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I have had quad bypass and after 9 months those became blocked and stents were placed in the original clogged arteries. I have had on and off chest pain for 4 years. Over the last 2 yrs have not been able to work. Would this qualify me as disabled?

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my husband has atherosclerosis and 2 stents put in at different times. has been on simvastatin and 2 b/bp meds for about 3 years. He also has a severe problem with ed. Will chelation theray help his ahterosclerosis and not harm him, Or is Hcg an alternative?? He is 59, 6'1" 218 pounds. Does heavy physical labor.

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