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Can we reduce vascular plaque buildup? – Harvard Health

My mother suffered a stroke caused by an occluded (closed) carotid artery. The occlusion is caused by fatty deposits (plaque) building up on the artery walls over time.

Preventing this is in our control and is our responsibility. For those who are already in trouble after years of irresponsible living, reduction is the goal:

“Making plaque disappear is not possible, but with lifestyle changes and medication they can shrink and stabilize. Doctors especially want to target the softer plaques before they rupture. For example, if you have a 30% blockage in the artery from soft plaque, the goal is to try to suck out the cholesterol from the inside, so the plaque shrivels down to 15% and leaves nothing inside it.

No excuse for these problems. The following article is crystal clear.

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