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I WAS JUST DIAGNOSED WITH MILD ATHEROSCIEROTIC

By February 8, 2010 - 6:48pm
 
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CAN I SLOW THE PROGRESS OR PREVENT IT COMPLETELY.IF NOT HOW LONG SHOULD I EXPECT TO SURVIVE WITH IT?

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Hi Judy - I can't tell from your question if you are concerned about an atheroscierotic coronary condition or another condition. Can you let us know?

Atherosclerosis is a form of arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) affecting large and medium-sized arteries. Fatty deposits, called "atheromas" or plaques, damage the lining of arteries causing them to narrow and harden. As plaque deposits gradually enlarge, they interfere with blood flow. This often leads to pain or decreased function in those tissues supplied by the affected arteries.

You can find more information on this blood vessel condition, including treatment measures, here:
http://www.empowher.com/condition/atherosclerosis

We aren't able to provide information on your potential survival rate, a physician who specializes in the type of atherosclerosis you're dealing with would be a good resource for that information. We would be happy to help you with other questions and hope you will write back and tell us more about your situation.
Take care, Pat

February 9, 2010 - 6:59pm
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