Blood vessel plaque removal

Blood vessels become clogged up with plaque, so how is plaque removed from the blood vessels?

We are going to look at the recommended ways for blood vessel plaque removal, we are also going to show you a natural artery plaque removal​ method that works.

​The arterial system consists of blood vessels, they carry oxygen and nutrients to the major organs in the body namely the heart and brain, they even down to the tips of your toes.When the blood vessels are healthy their innermost walls are smooth making it easy for the blood to flow through them. However, in quite a lot of people the blood vessels (arteries) become clogged because of a build up of dangerous plaque that sticks to the inner walls of the blood vessels.This build up has an effect on the flow of blood in the sense that it is reduced, in some cases the plaque will block the blood flow altogether.

When the arteries become clogged it increases the chances (likelyhood) of a major heart attack, stroke or potentially death, so it is really important to know what are the causes of plaque build-up and what treatment is recommended to stop something serious happening.


What are the causes of arterial plaque?

Plaque consists of a variety of substances that gather along the walls of the arteries,these substances are made up of fat, cholesterol, fibrin, cellular waste and calcium. they circulate in your blood.The fibrin is a clotting agent for your blood,the cells in the arterial walls respond to plaque build up by secreting other substances that make the clogged arteries worse.The condition is atherosclerosis meaning the arteries start harden and become narrow.

Atherosclerosis starts when the endothelial (inner lining of the artery wall) becomes damaged making it easier for plaque to stick and build up, the other contributing factors to plaque build up are:

​High cholesterol

High levels of LDL (high cholesterol) low density lipo-proteins contribute in a major way in the formation of artery plaque, we do need this soft sticky substance cholesterol,for cell membrane production,as well as vitamin D and bile acids to assist in digesting fat. Did you know that we need cholesterol for vital neurological functioning?

High blood pressure

If your blood pressure is constantly higher than normal (120 over 80) this hastens the build up of plaque and clogged arteries

Cigarettes

People that smoke are at a higher risk of atherosclerosis, smoking speeds up the plaque build up of the arteries that go to the heart, the legs and the largest artery in the body the aorta.

Diabetes

People with diabetes (elevated blood sugar) are a higher risk of atherosclerosis,so are people with a family history of heart disease,stress also plays a part as well as obesity.Clogged arteries can start to develop during middle age but plaque build up can start during middle teen years.


Dangers of arterial plaque?

A lot depends on the location of the arterial and where it accumulates,blocked or clogged arteries can lead to numerous medical conditions such as:

Heart disease:

​When the blood vessels to the heart have plaque build up it can result in coronary artery disease (heart disease)some symptoms of coronary artery disease would be shortness of breath and chest pain.Coronary artery disease kills as many as 17 million people worldwide each year, it is the principal cause of death in the united states.

.Carotid artery disease

The carotid artery supplies oxygenated blood to the brain,they are located either side of the neck, if plaque builds up in these arteries it may lead to a stroke.


Peripheral artery disease

The peripheral arteries carry blood to the legs and all the way to the feet, plaque build yp in the peripheral arteries reduces the amount of oxygenated blood going there, symptoms of peripheral artery disease would include numbness, pain,or a very serious infection in the legs and feet area..

What are the symptoms of blocked arteries?

The difficulty with clogged arteries is that in many cases there may be no symptoms until a heart attack or a stroke happens, because of this heart disease is known as the silent killer.A blockage of 70% plus can lead to symptoms and in no particular order such as:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Profuse sweating​

​Angina or chest pain is the most common symptom, the plaque build up reduces the blood flow to the coronary arteries leading to the heart.A stroke also known as a TIA,(transient ischemic attack) is caused by a blockage to the carotid artery and produces symptoms like a sensation or a weakness on one side of the body, it may be difficult to move the arm or leg.Somebody having a stroke may show a loss of vision along with slurred speech.

Peripheral artery disease in the legs and feet will cause leg pain, cold feet, gangrene, and injuries will take longer than normal to heal up.


How would you feel if you had clogged arteries?

​If you experience any repeated discomfort in the chest legs or neck it is advisable to go to your doctor, don’t delay because you may have blocked arteries, there are a number of tests to determine if your arteries are clogged or not such as:

  • Blood test for high cholesterol
  • Chest X-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • Ct scan
  • Ultrasound
  • MRI
  • Pet scan
  • Echo cardiogram or cardiac stress test​
  • Angiogram

​What is the best treatment for clogged arteries?

After your tests have been concluded your doctor will present the findings to you,if you have clogged arteries and depending on the severity of the blockage and your medical history a lifestyle and medical program will be prescribed for you:

  • Lifestyle

In order to manage the build up of arterial plaque it will be necessary to change your lifestyle especially in the areas of diet and exercise.The preferred diet would include foods that are low in cholesterol and saturated fats,foods that have less sugar and carbohydrates,fruit and vegetables are a really good option.By getting regular exercise you will help to keep your body weight at a healthy level, this will also help with high blood pressure,stress levels and lowering blood sugars.If you smoke try to stop smoking as smoking leads to other conditions as well as clogged arteries.

  • Medication

The accumulation of arterial plaque has serious consequences and symptoms, these symptoms include high blood pressure and high cholesterol, your doctor may prescribe blood pressure lowering medication,cholesterol lowering drugs as well as aspiring to thin the blood and avert the dangerous formation of a blood clot.

  • Surgery​    ​​

Depending on the severity of the blockage you may need to go for surgical treatment for clogged arteries and to prevent further accumulations of plaque build up these are

1.Stent

A stent is a tiny tube that is inserted in the femoral artery in your groin area using a small catheter (wire), it is pushed all the way up to the where you have the blockage and left there to allow the blood to flow, the stent has a coating on it which prevents plaque build up in that area.

2.Heart Bypass

During this medical procedure the surgeon will take arteries from other parts of the body that are not blocked and replace the clogged arteries with these.

3.Balloon Angioplasty

When the arteries are fully or partially blocked the surgeon will attempt to open up the artery with a balloon catheter


The natural alternative

​I speak from my own personal experience of a massive heart attack that nearly left my wife and three daughters without a father and husband.During my thirties I would go for regular blood tests because of a history of heart disease in my family, my doctor warned me to take stain drugs,my cholesterol was 6.9 he prescribed Lipitor .75 mg. I was a really healthy person that enjoyed playing sport, I exercised regularly my wife made sure that I ate all the right healthy foods.

Heart attack

​I continued to take the statin drugs into my mid forties. My family and I were on a holiday, my phone rang my doctor was on the line, “Fintan your cholesterol level is still high you will have a heart attack” I was stunned but you know life gets in the way sometimes and you don’t heed the good advice from your doctor.Six months later I had a cardiac arrest whilst jogging on the local beach, it nearly killed me. That was 18 years ago,afterwards I did what my doctor told me and took the medications for a number of years until I found a natural alternative​ to reverse the plaque build up in my arteries.Click here to find out more

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