How to get rid of plaque in the arteries

Written by jennifer habersham
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Plaque forms on the heart's arteries when there is an abundance of fat, cholesterol, calcium and a variety of other minerals in the blood system. As plaque begins to develop, it restricts the amount of blood that is able to flow through your heart. A build-up of arterial plaque can lead to a clogged artery. A clogged artery can lead to heart disease, and result in a blockage, and finally heart attack. There are a few things that you can do that can help get rid of plaque in the arteries.

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  1. 1

    Talk to your doctor about what medications you can take to remove the plaque from your arteries. If the plaque build-up is especially bad, you may have to have surgery to remedy the problem.

  2. 2

    Change your diet. Foods that contain high levels of folic acid, Vitamins B6, B12, C, D, E, magnesium and niacin help to block plaque.

  3. 3

    Walk for exercise. Walking helps to improve your circulation, which improves your blood supply, which in turn helps to fight off plaque.

  4. 4

    Quit smoking. This will lower your blood pressure, taking strain off of your heart. Nicotine lowers your HDL, which can lead to blood clots.

  5. 5

    Loose weight. If you are overweight, exercise and eat properly until you are at your ideal weight for your height.

Tips and warnings

  • Removing plaque from your arteries is a long process, but one that will extend your life.
  • Too much plaque in the arteries will kill you.

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