Heart Attack and Atherosclerosis Prevention (cont.)
Daniel Lee Kulick, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Dr. Kulick received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Southern California, School of Medicine. He performed his residency in internal medicine at the Harbor-University of California Los Angeles Medical Center and a fellowship in the section of cardiology at the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology.
Dennis Lee, MD
Dr. Lee was born in Shanghai, China, and received his college and medical training in the United States. He is fluent in English and three Chinese dialects. He graduated with chemistry departmental honors from Harvey Mudd College. He was appointed president of AOA society at UCLA School of Medicine. He underwent internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship training at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
In this Article
- What is atherosclerosis?
- What are coronary heart diseases (CHD)?
- What is angina pectoris?
- What is a heart attack?
- Ventricular fibrillation
- Heart failure
- What is cerebral vascular disease?
- Ischemic stroke
- Hemorrhagic stroke
- Transient ischemic attack (TIA)
- When does the coronary atherosclerosis process begin?
- Have most people done enough to prevent atherosclerosis and heart attacks?
- What are the risk factors for coronary atherosclerosis and heart disease?
- How can coronary atherosclerosis and heart attacks be prevented?
- Find a local Cardiologist in your town
How can coronary atherosclerosis and heart attacks be prevented?
One can help to prevent atherosclerosis and reduce heart attack risks by:
- Controlling high blood pressure and diabetes
- Never smoking or stopping cigarette smoking;
- Exercising regularly;
- Losing excess weight;
- Lowering blood levels of LDL cholesterol;
- Increasing blood levels of HDL cholesterol;
- Lowering blood levels of lipoprotein A cholesterol
- Increasing LDL cholesterol particle sizes;
- Taking anti-platelet medications (such as low dose
aspirin) to prevent blood clots;
- Consuming antioxidants to prevent blood vessel
damage (however, not scientifically proven to date);
- Consuming folic acid and other B vitamins to decrease blood levels of homocysteine(however, not scientifically proven to date); and
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Many of the measures that prevent coronary atherosclerosis also benefit other arteries such as carotid arteries and cerebral arteries (arteries that supply blood to the brain). Therefore, these measures also prevent strokes.
Last Editorial Review: 4/1/2009
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