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How can I help prevent plaque buildup if I have carotid artery stenosis?

Dr. Joaquin Solis, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

There are steps you can take to help lessen further plaque buildup in your arteries if you have carotid artery stenosis. These include:

  • A diet low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium
  • Regular physical activity
  • Quitting smoking
  • Controlling your blood pressure
  • If you have diabetes, it is also important to control your blood sugars

If you have carotid artery stenosis you will want to prevent plaque buildup by taking cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins), plus improving your exercise regimen and diet.

If you have carotid artery stenosis (narrowing of the carotid artery), it is very important to manage risk factors that could cause additional plaque build-up in your arteries. These risk factors include tobacco use, high cholesterol levels, prediabetes or diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and lack of exercise. Instituting a healthy lifestyle often in combination with medications can decrease or eliminate some of these risk factors. That includes eating a low-fat healthy diet, losing weight when indicated, exercising, stopping any tobacco use and taking medications to help manage chronic conditions.

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