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Arteriosclerosis Is Reversible

Twenty-five years ago, Dr. Robert Wissler of the University of Chicago showed that arteriosclerosis is reversible in animals. Since then, hundreds of papers show that it is reversible in humans, even those who have already had heart attacks.

Until recently, the only way that a person could find out if he still had plaques in his coronary arteries was to have a tube inserted through his veins into his heart and then have a dye injected into the coronary arteries. This is expensive and dangerous. An article in Zeitschrift Fur Kardiologie shows that a new test called Electron Beam Computed Tomography measures calcification in arteries and can show when plaques disappear. This test is inexpensive and dependable and does not require dangerous tubing to be put near the heart.

If you have had a heart attack, stroke or any other sign of arteriosclerosis, get on a low-fat, low-refined carbohydrate diet, avoid overweight, control high blood pressure, and start a supervised exercise program. Otherwise, you may need tests to see if you need surgery to open closed arteries.

P Raggi. Regression of calcified coronary artery plaque assessed by electron beam computed tomography. Zeitschrift Fur Kardiologie, 2000, Vol 89, Suppl. 2, pp 135-139.Address Raggi P, 64 Valleybrook Dr, Hendersonville,TN 37075 USA. This tool provides an opportunity to serially monitor the effectiveness of medical therapy for coronary artery disease via the follow up of a surrogate marker of disease such as vascular calcification.


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Dr. Mirkin's opinions and the references cited are for information only, and are not intended to diagnose or prescribe. For your specific diagnosis and treatment, consult your doctor or health care provider.

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