Can atherosclerosis be reversed?

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Eric Olsen
Fitness
It's clear that atherosclerosis can be reversed through exercise, diet changes, smoking cessation, and stress reduction.

Exercise reduces lipids (fats) and lipoproteins (cholesterol) in the blood, meaning that there are fewer fats and less cholesterol to be deposited on the walls of our arteries. Exercise also changes the nature of lipoproteins in the blood, increasing by 5 to 15 percent the level of high-density lipoproteins or HDLs, the so-called good cholesterol that is known to reduce the risk of heart disease, apparently by scouring plaque deposits off arterial walls. Thus, it reverses atherosclerosis to increase blood flow through the arteries and further reduce the risk of heart attacks, stroke, angina pectoris, and other maladies associated with atherosclerosis.
Lifefit: An Effective Exercise Program for Optimal Health and a Longer Life

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Lifefit: An Effective Exercise Program for Optimal Health and a Longer Life

An easy-to-follow programme for lengthening and improving lives. More than an exercise guide, this text is an effective tool for making meaningful lifestyle decisions to benefit long-term fitness. In...