Plaque Build-up In Your Arteries: Can You Reverse It And How

A serious problem faced by many people in their old age is plaque build-up in the arteries. Plaque is formed when cholesterol and other fatty waste substances get stuck in the walls of an artery. When plaque builds up, it can be very dangerous and increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Doctors can treat this condition – also known as coronary artery disease – and even reverse it. If you are concerned, get checked out, even before you experience any symptoms. Medical professionals can give you a personal assessment and, if necessary, medication. They can also give you advice on how to reverse this condition and lead a healthier lifestyle. 

Symptoms Of Plaque Build-up

Symptoms of plaque build-up and clogged arteries may not be immediately and obviously evident. Sometimes doctors discover the problem only after you feel chest pains or have a stroke or heart attack.

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However, depending on the arteries affected, some symptoms may come to the fore. For instance, if plaque builds up in the coronary arteries, symptoms may include angina, shortness of breath and heart palpitations.

Clogged arteries leading to your brain may induce:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Sudden weakness
  • Lack of coordination
  • Trouble speaking
  • Vision problems.

They can also be a precursor to a mild or severe stroke.

Is It Possible To Reverse Plaque Build-up?

With the right treatment plan and care, medical professionals can significantly slow down, and even reverse, plaque build-up.

Lifestyle changes can have a positive effect on coronary artery disease. Maintaining a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, cutting out red meat, and reducing alcohol consumption can help. Quitting smoking is also be effective in shrinking plaque, as smoking damages arteries. Following an exercise regime and keeping fit and active also has positive benefits.

Talk to your doctor before undertaking any major lifestyle changes to reduce plaque build-up. Risks, and therefore their advice, will vary from person to person.

Does Aspirin Reduce Plaque In Arteries?

There is some evidence to suggest that aspirin can reduce plaque build-up in the arteries. Daily Aspirin therapy thins the blood, which makes it easier for blood to flow around the body and prevents clots forming. However, you must know not only its benefits, but also the risks it can cause.

Aspirin can also lessen inflammation resulting from the build-up of fatty deposits in arteries. It is only your doctor who can determine whether you need it or not.


Fairview Rehab & Nursing Home in Queens NY delivers top quality, compassionate, care to all our patients. We have lots of experience treating heart and circulation issues. Rest assured that our team will be working with you or your loved ones to reduce and reverse plaque build-up.

We accept most insurance policies. Feel free to contact us to find out more about our services. We are here to answer any questions you may have.