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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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.
Change your diet. Foods that contain high levels of folic acid, Vitamins B6, B12, C, D, E, magnesium and niacin help to block plaque.
Walk for exercise. Walking helps to improve your circulation, which improves your blood supply, which in turn helps to fight off plaque.
Quit smoking. This will lower your blood pressure, taking strain off of your heart. Nicotine lowers your HDL, which can lead to blood clots.
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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