Dietary supplements / Medications that reduce arterial plaque and / or soften arterial walls?

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   Posted 8/17/2017 4:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,

I'm looking for ways to improve vascular disease - not just cardio but also peripheral. I understand vascular disease is often typified by atherosclerosis (build up of plaque on vascular walls) and/or arteriosclerosis (hardening of vascular walls).

I've noticed that there is a lot of info online regarding lifestyle, dietary supplements and medications that manage the symptoms of vascular disease and prevent further atherosclerosis / arteriosclerosis, however these isn't much on REDUCING these.

Are there any known - or even rumored - supplements and/or medications that REDUCE/BREAKDOWN vascular plaque that has already formed or soften vascular walls that have already hardened?

Many thanks

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   Posted 8/17/2017 7:10 AM (GMT -6)   
PeetyPeet, you are so right, there is a ton of information available on the net about this. The problem is, not all of the information is correct, so knowing this I tend to not wear myself out reading it all. I do not use the net looking for symptoms either, lol, I would be a walking time bomb. If you are having some issues, you best source is speak to your dr & if you need medications he will rx something. If none are needed then he/she should be able to recommend certain supplements. Drs are more open to supplements, along with diet & exercise.

Take care.
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   Posted 8/17/2017 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
eat well....keep moving. keep an eye on lipid levels and sugar.

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   Posted 8/21/2017 3:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your replies everyone.

I won't bore you with my medical history....all I will say is...13 years visiting doctors and various other med pros. Let down repeatedly. In a worse state now than when I first approached them. Hence why I've turned to forums and the internet.

I'm intelligent enough to take everything I read with a pinch of salt and research thoroughly before I try anything new.

If anyone is able to answer my initial questions I'd be very grateful.

Thank you.

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   Posted 8/22/2017 2:42 AM (GMT -6)   
then my answer is from my knowledge no, but then i am just a member and not a cardiologist!!! i do my research too, but my interests lye in other fields; not to say i know nothing about the ticker and such, you tend to learn from having a double by-pass, and anaphlaxis and going into inotropic heart failure and me kidneys shutting down post surgery and being put into an induced coma so they can work on me for 8 days.

are you a smoker or diabetic? these play a clear role, so my surgeon who tapped me on the shoulder and advised me of such. sadly the forum is slow, other peeps may know more. pratoman is very knowledgeable.

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   Posted 9/8/2017 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
My internal medicine specialist went back to school & recently became a Board Certified Lipidologist. She still practices as an internal medicine doc but her practice is moving towards lipids, prevention, etc. she's only one of 6 in Oklahoma & practices in Edmond. If you live in or near a big city you can probably find one close by. With the aging baby boomers, it is a growing field.
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   Posted 9/12/2017 6:43 AM (GMT -6)   
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