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Old 02-12-2005, 07:25 AM   #1
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Aorta plaque

I just had xrays taken for back and neck pain When I went to find the results the doc. told me that my aorta was loaded with plaque and that I should see a cardiologist . My question is surgery the only treatment for this or is there medicine that may help reduce the plaque.

 
Old 02-12-2005, 11:09 AM   #2
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Re: Aorta plaque

As of now there is no medicine able to remove plaque, but there are some in the workds and possibly in 3 or 4 years there may be an injection available. Right now there is medication that may help slow down the progression of the disease. Stents and bypass are available to prop the arteries open or they can be bypassed. I would make that appt with a cardiologist and figure out together what approach to take in your case.

 
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Old 02-20-2005, 03:15 AM   #3
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Re: Aorta plaque

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I just had xrays taken for back and neck pain When I went to find the results the doc. told me that my aorta was loaded with plaque and that I should see a cardiologist . My question is surgery the only treatment for this or is there medicine that may help reduce the plaque.
can someone tell me if this is the same as
ATHEROSCLEROTIC DIDEASE OF THE AORTA..
i too had x-rays and ct scan and this was in my results of both but my GI dr didnt seem to concerned seems to me anything with the heart would be worth double checking or seeing a specialist... maybe im wrong ,,, thats why i am here asking...
thanks in advance

 
Old 02-20-2005, 07:52 PM   #4
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Re: Aorta plaque

Daves gurl:

Yes, it's the same thing.. And I would advise you to see a cardiologist.

My understanding of the plaque buildup is the same as Nine Lives'. The current thinking seems to be that your LDL (low densiity lipoprotein) should be below 100. However .. (always a "however") ... there is some evidence that driving the LDL to 70 or below may tend to reverse plaque buildup. So you certainly need to get a lipid panel and see how you're doing in this regard.

Hope this helps.

Bill

 
Old 02-21-2005, 03:11 AM   #5
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Re: Aorta plaque

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Daves gurl:

Yes, it's the same thing.. And I would advise you to see a cardiologist.

My understanding of the plaque buildup is the same as Nine Lives'. The current thinking seems to be that your LDL (low densiity lipoprotein) should be below 100. However .. (always a "however") ... there is some evidence that driving the LDL to 70 or below may tend to reverse plaque buildup. So you certainly need to get a lipid panel and see how you're doing in this regard.

Hope this helps.

Bill
ok ty bill my LDL is running bout 185 not sure all the other numbers but i will find out today... i see my family dr for vacines today and will show him the ct scan results which were done for a seperate reason,,, i will post about dr appt this afternoon when i return..... IM SCARED TO DEATH ABOUT THIS both parents died of this disease 11 yrs ago... 3 days shy of 2 months from eachother so u can see why i am concerned.
thanks for takeing time to post for me ...
greatly appriciate it

 
Old 02-22-2005, 05:40 AM   #6
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Re: Aorta plaque

hon,
I don't think the atherosclerotic lesions in your aorta pose a huge DIRECT threat because the aorta is so big, but they point strongly to plaquing of the much smaller coronary arteries and perhaps the brain or carotid where the situation can be most serious.
You should get a full assessment of the degree of coronary involvement probably starting with the old tried and true stress test with nuclear imaging!
If your only major plaques are in your aorta, you can breathe a sigh of relief (and, of course, do what you can to halt the process.)

 
Old 03-08-2005, 02:07 PM   #7
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Re: Aorta plaque

Sorry to hear you have this problem.I also have problems with arteries blocking.On June 3 2001 i had an aorto bifemoral bypass.In 2002 on Sept.24 I had a femoral-femoral bypass.I've been doing everything doctors tell me and the progression continues.I really don't know if you can really stop progression but you might be able to slow it down.Last month my surgeon told me I now have some narrowing in my thigh but not bad enough to fix as of yet.
I really hope you have better luck than me with this.
Cindy

 
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