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What are the best methods for removing plaque from the artery?

Posted by @loyd1934deborah, Mar 25, 2016

What are the best methods for removing plaque from the artery?
What procedure are being tested?
I have seen on the net that they are working on a device that can be inserted in the vain and will grind off plaque.
Also a drug that can be used to dissolve.
Is there any way to remove it after it has stuck to the vane?

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Hi @loyd1934deborah, welcome to Connect.
I’m tagging @HeartPatches and @mlemieux on this discussion to see if they has any thoughts about plaque removal.

I would like to learn more. I scored very high on a heart calcium test and while I take a satin to manage my mildly high cholesterol I’d like to learn of the options for reducing it. Thanks.

I have had plaque surgically removed from arteries feeding my legs. Be careful with stents as they are good initially but then can be a source for future plaque build up. I’m told take no external calcium and to get my dad cholesterol as low as possible. My good and bad cholesterol are about the same–I know unbelievable but it can be done.

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I have had plaque surgically removed from arteries feeding my legs. Be careful with stents as they are good initially but then can be a source for future plaque build up. I’m told take no external calcium and to get my dad cholesterol as low as possible. My good and bad cholesterol are about the same–I know unbelievable but it can be done.

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I might not be in the right sections. But was wondering what too take  for pain as I have splendic artery aneurysms.  Said I can’t take tylenol.  Was wondering about ibuprofen,  aleve Thanks

@ram675

I would like to learn more. I scored very high on a heart calcium test and while I take a satin to manage my mildly high cholesterol I’d like to learn of the options for reducing it. Thanks.

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Hi @ram675. Welcome to Connect! I’m sure those test results were nerve-racking. Did you doctor recommend any kind of follow up testing like an angiograph? In the meantime, here is some information about managing high cholesterol: http://www.mayoclinic.org/cholesterol-site/scs-20089333. And here is some information about the coronary calcium scan: http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/heart-scan/basics/results/prc-20015000. It sounds like the basic watching your diet, getting exercise, quitting smoking, etc. is important but i’d definitely talk to your physician about recommendations. Also hoping others on Connect, including @scottb, @abespizza and @bayouhawk may be able to jump in and provide some insight.

Hi @candles30741. Welcome to Connect! I’m going to try to get an answer on this and get back to you but it may take a couple of days. In the meantime, i’m wondering if @ssams might be able to provide some insight since she suffers from the same thing.

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I would like to learn more. I scored very high on a heart calcium test and while I take a satin to manage my mildly high cholesterol I’d like to learn of the options for reducing it. Thanks.

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I HAVE HAD A TEST BY CATHERIZAION. ARTIE’S ARE FULL OF PLAQUE AND BECAUSE
OF THE LOCATION OF THE LARGEST ONE THEY CANNOT USE A STINT. BECAUSE OF MY
AGE THERE IS A LOT OF RISK IF I HAVE BYPASS SURGERY. I CAN NOT TAKE STATIN
DRUGS.

I WAS THINKING DID THEY HAVE A DRUG THAT WOULD DISSOLVE IT OR SOMETHING TO
GRIND IT OFF?

@candles30741, we put your question about acetaminophen (Tylenol) vs. ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen (Aleve) to a pharmacist at Mayo Clinic.

She said, “Both Advil and Aleve carry risks for the people with aneurysms including an increased risk of bleeding, stomach ulcers, cardiovascular thrombotic events and stroke. With the possible severe side effects associated with Advil and Aleve, it would be best to speak with your doctor who is familiar with your medical history to determine if either of these would be options for pain relief.”

@candles30741, were you told to avoid Tylenol because of your aneurysm or another health condition?

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Hello @loyd1934deborah,

Not sure if I missed it or not, did your specialists say you had too much plaque in your arteries affecting your quality of life? My arterial system is riddled with hardened blood clots, so much so an ultrasound specialist can’t tell if it’s a new blockage is new or old clot formations.

I’ve talked to many specialists about having the affected areas removed, we tried once to access my arteries through my pelvic area which was a massive failure, my nerves were twisted up with my arteries and the surgeon kept hitting my nerves which was getting dangerous and painful.

This small procedure to “flush out” my arteries came at a very HIGH risk. So I ask, have you been told the risks of this kind of surgery and the potential damage it can do afterwards?

Also, I’ve looked into this new machine/procedure you mentioned which is on news networks, it is still in the infant stages and isn’t fool proof. I’m watching this new technology very closely as it also offers me some possible solutions, but I’ve read in a few areas that this procedure is very risky and hasn’t been perfected yet.

They do have another procedure called “coronary atherectomy procedure” with a technology that’s been around for a little longer with a lot of success. I would ask your doctor about it. But again, it does come with a risk of creating “new” unforeseen problems. Please speak to a doctor from the Mayo Clinic about risks/rewards of these new procedures. Know your risks and decide from there as I did. 🙂

Please make sure to do your research, these procedures are fairly new.

I hope this helps give you some insights.

Regards,
Martin Lemieux
Thrombosis Canada – Patient Ambassador

— Some Sources to Study —

Mayo Clinic “Groups” and “Laboratory”:
http://www.mayoclinic.org/departments-centers/cardiovascular-diseases/overview/specialty-groups/cardiac-catheterization-laboratory/overview

American College of Cardiology – Study on “angioplasty”
http://www.acc.org/about-acc/press-releases/2015/03/16/17/21/routine-clot-removal-after-heart-attack-not-beneficial-may-increase-risk

Documentation about the “Megavac” Technology
(for your own study, not an endorsement):
http://www.capturevascular.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Capture-2-Pg-Executive-Summary-v2.pdf

Hello @candles30741,

Taking over the counter medicine for known conditions can be very dangerous, as @colleen_young mentioned, there are risks involved. A condition as yours should be treated properly and pain management monitored by a professional.

In the past, doctors would recommend “baby aspirin” once a day to help with the inflammation, pain and blood clot prevention. Baby aspirin is a very small dosage compared to others, especially Aleve, BUT please do not take it before speaking to a doctor. Pain is never fun, I understand how you feel, but massive heartburn, stomach ulcers and clots can be less pleasant.

I’ve had multiple clots in my system, and I understand now that by taking anything over the counter meds along with my prescribed medications comes with very high risks of bleeding and/or unforeseen side effects. I know it may sound silly since Tylenol and Aspirin have been around for a long time, but when it comes to high-risk conditions, any medication should be monitored by a professional.

I would “book an appointment” (up top) and speak to someone about your pain right away. You have many options for: pain, inflammation, clotting and stomach ulcer prevention.

I hope this helps!
Please keep us updated.

Regards,
Martin R. Lemieux
Thrombosis Canada – Patient Ambassador

I have some partial build up in my carotic artery he. Are there ways to lessen this build up? I am taking 80 mg of Lipitor per day and my last LDL count was 68 down from 101

Welcome to Connect @truhealth76.
I moved your message to this thread so you can connect with other members talking about plaque buildup.

Thank you.

Hello, good people. I am scheduled, soon, for carotid artery surgery… to remove plaque buildup. I would like to know “What is considered to be “full recovery from carotid artery surgery”?
I learned about the plaque buildup… during preparation for Hip Replacement Surgery. My hip is so damaged… that I can barely walk. And… I need the carotid surgery…. before… the hip replacement surgery.
So… I wonder how “my weakened condition because of my damaged hip” will affect the carotid artery surgery recovery?
And… I wonder “how much recovery time will be needed (from the carotid surgery)… before I can safely undertake Hip Replacement Surgery?
Thank you for any information.

@jittery, welcome to Connect.
While it is a set back to have to take care of plaque buildup before your hip replacement, I’m glad that the issue was discovered and being taken care of. I’m tagging @kandjmoore1 @lisab62 @kariulrich @cjkressin and @jessl who may have some experiences to share with you about the recovery time from carotid artery surgery.

When you’re ready, you may also be interested in joining the discussion about hip replacement surgery in the Bones, Joints & Muscles group. Like this one for example:
– THR Left & Right at same time http://mayocl.in/2l6eRt2

Jittery, are you able to do seated exercises or water exercises to build up your condition as you wait for surgery? That’s a tall order, I know, when you’re in pain.

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