I hate to mention this but there are these little thingies called MMP-9s that when elevated like to eat ELASTIN in the artery walls. This(ELASTIN) is the elastic stuff (rubber band like stuff) that flexes and keeps artery walls together. Appears that in many cases plaque on artery walls leads to inflammation of the artery tissue wall underneath it and this is when the MMP-9s show up and try to "eat this damaged tissue and get it replaced with healthy new stuff" however once the ELASTIN is gone/severely damaged the structural integrity of the artery wall is gone - BANG - you got an aortic aneurism.If you can lower the MMP-9s then you can slow and maybe stop aneurism growth.
Getting rid of any source of arterial inflammation would be GREAT. But that would probably
take a long time. Raising HDL to VERY HIGH level (i.e 65+) is probably the best way to do this.
This kind of HDL elevation is more difficult for men.
I finally have gotten mine to 73 last week with good levels 0f 70, 72, 76, 74 in the last two years.
(I take 100 MG twice a day)
(I take 8 mg daily)
MUST get tumeric(curcumin) with peperine to increase absorption by 2000% to be effective.
One cardiac event and one stent in 1998 made this a high priority for me.
ALL plaque appears to be gone when fancy thallium CAT scan was recently done.
Send me some email or start a new thread and I can elaborate on this.I have found that there are some THINGIES that lower MMP-9s a TAD.Things that reduce MMP-9s (AKA gelatinase B)QUERCETIN..........................REDUCES MMP-9sVIT D3 .................................REDUCES MMP-9s
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12454321?RESVERATROL (Grape Skin Extract) ...REDUCES MMP-9s(NOT GRAPE SEED EXTRACT)
GREEN TEA EXTRACT(EGCGs)... REDUCES MMP-9s
ALPHA LIPOIC ACID (R-lipoic/ R-Dihdro-LipoicAcid) ... REDUCES MMP-9sNAC N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine .......REDUCES MMP-9sSTATIN DRUGS (i.e Zocor) .....REDUCES MMP-9sMinocycline/Doxycycline.........REDUCES MMP-9sCurcumin.............................REDUCES MMP-9sPycnogenol (Pine bark extract)..REDUCES MMP-9s
Chondroitin sulfate (CS) and CS plus glucosamine sulfate (GS) ..REDUCES MMP-9sYou might want to research this yourself and take the info you collect to your doctor.
There are many diseases in which MMP-9s do big time damages (arthritis (both kinds), Multiple Sclerosis) The general feeling is that "They(MMPs) are the GOOD GUYS gone BAD".I have seem some studies that report that the antibiotic Minocycline has been shown effective in slowing aneurism growth. There are some other things that lower MMP-9s like Omega 3s and steroids but increase in bleeding and side effects seem to be a big problem with them.
There are other drugs like Calcium Channel blockers that lower MMP-9s but I have no info on actual use of these.I cannot state the actual amounts of these supplements to be effective.
But I would say that you would need to take some green tea extract because I think it takes about 8 to 10 cups of green/white tea. I would still enjoy a cup or two tea each day.So folks check out MMP-9s and aneurisms on the internet and talk it over with your doctor.
This is NOT a CURE or a FIX, just a simple suggestion of a way to lower the severity until you get a permanent fix.
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In August, 2009, I had surgery for thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms. Both were very large - 7.4 cm and 6.2cm. They were discovered when I was ex-rayed for back spasms. Because of my age (72) and was a longtime smoker (I quit the day my doctor called me with the news), I received many tests to see what my chances would be in surgery. The tests were all good so a few weeks later I was at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, which is also a teaching hospital. Luckily, the cardiovascular clinic has 5 of the top doctors in the state because it takes a team of at least 4 to do the surgery. The top man sat us down and explained exactly what was going to take place and what could possibly go wrong. I was on the heart/lung machine the entire time as they have to cut off the blood supply in the aorta. It was scary to hear but the alternative was the probable rupture of either one of the aneurysms because they were so large and certain death within minutes. After 12 hours of surgery, 9 days on life support, 11 days in cardiac ICU and 9 days in rehab, I finally came home. The surgery team was very pleased with their work and with the progress I made thereafter. But make no mistake, it's been a long, long haul. If my husband had not turned into such a good house-husband, I would not have made it. He did all the cooking, cleaning, shopping, supported me, literally, to walk to the bathroom and bedroom. I had no strength, no stamina, no appetite. Taking a shower (with a shower chair) took my energy for the rest of the day. But slowly and surely, every day brought a little more results. I had a home care nurse come 3 times a week for the care on the incision which starts at the navel, crosses left under my arm, around to my back and up to the cervical area.
It has now been 6 months and everything healed as it was supposed to. My energy is back, although I still have to take breaks when something requires standing for a while, such as making a pie which I did this morning. I can cook, shop, clean and tend to all the things I did before, albeit a little more slowly. But I wake up every day thankful. It could have ended much differently. So each day is a blessing. And all because I was having back spasms. Otherwise, I would never have known. I recommend everyone have an ex-ray even if they have no problems. Otherwise, you'll never know.