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Plaque in your arteries

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There is a test that tests the amount of plaque in your arteries. I took one when I was 30, and I have a few more years before the next one. I'd recommend it for anyone who can swing it
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Where can you take this test?
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djui5 wrote:Where can you take this test?
Arizona Heart Hospital. It's about at SR 51 (Piestewa Peak Parkway) and Thomas on the west side.
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JamesLyding wrote:
djui5 wrote:Where can you take this test?
Arizona Heart Hospital. It's about at SR 51 (Piestewa Peak Parkway) and Thomas on the west side.
How much did that cost? My guess is you'd have to really fight to get insurance to cover it, unless there was something that caused a doctor to question whether there was a problem?
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Yes, I would like to take that test, too. But I expect it's pretty spendy.
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The simplest way to monitor this is keep an eye on your resting pulse rate. If you are starting to build plaque upin quantities you need to be concerned with, your resting pulse will have increased, as well.
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Some of the cleanest arteries are oddly enough found in alcoholics... and a recent study showed a whopping 68% decline in fatal heart related events for wine drinkers in the study group. If you can keep the alcohol within the one glass per day range, avoiding the problems related to too much alcohol, it is an interesting consideration as a lifestyle change. Dark chocolate, in moderation, also seems to carry similar benefits. Podcasts available on Itunes: Fitness Rocks, details a number of these considerations.

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imike wrote:Some of the cleanest arteries are oddly enough found in alcoholics....
Those alcoholics might have clean arteries, but I bet they are hard and still not very healthy to have. Plus, their livers are usually bad, and their heart muscles and nervous system may not be able to effectively handle the long term affects of a strenuous climb.
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imike wrote:Some of the cleanest arteries are oddly enough found in alcoholics... and a recent study showed a whopping 68% decline in fatal heart related events for wine drinkers in the study group. If you can keep the alcohol within the one glass per day range, avoiding the problems related to too much alcohol, it is an interesting consideration as a lifestyle change. Dark chocolate, in moderation, also seems to carry similar benefits. Podcasts available on Itunes: Fitness Rocks, details a number of these considerations.

But, it is a finite journey... it becomes an issue of time only. Best celebrated daily, somewhere out on a trail.
Nick F needs to chime-in here, but red wine has a property that counters the inflammatory process that creates plaque on artery walls.
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Jeff MacE wrote: Nick F needs to chime-in here, but red wine has a property that counters the inflammatory process that creates plaque on artery walls.
What, if anything, can be done to counter act the property of red wine that makes its regular drinkers have snotty nose?
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jhodlof wrote:
Jeff MacE wrote: Nick F needs to chime-in here, but red wine has a property that counters the inflammatory process that creates plaque on artery walls.
What, if anything, can be done to counter act the property of red wine that makes its regular drinkers have snotty nose?
Drink cheap red wine.
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PageRob wrote:
jhodlof wrote:
Jeff MacE wrote: Nick F needs to chime-in here, but red wine has a property that counters the inflammatory process that creates plaque on artery walls.
What, if anything, can be done to counter act the property of red wine that makes its regular drinkers have snotty nose?
Drink cheap red wine.
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Jeff MacE wrote:The simplest way to monitor this is keep an eye on your resting pulse rate.
It's not a very reliable indicator if your fitness level fluctuates much.
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big_load wrote:
Jeff MacE wrote:The simplest way to monitor this is keep an eye on your resting pulse rate.
It's not a very reliable indicator if your fitness level fluctuates much.
While it seems to make sense that if your arteries were restricted with calcium and plaque your heart rate would go up as your heart worked harder to get the blood/oxygen to the heart.... it does not work that way with me. I have coronary heart disease (a build up of calcium, cholesterol and plaque) and my heart rate is low. While working out is part of the reason a good portion is genetics. Also, I believe the CT scan test measures the amount of calcium in your arteries. Maybe one of the docs can jump in and clarify the relationship of cholesterol, calcium and plaque build up for us.
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big_load wrote:
Jeff MacE wrote:The simplest way to monitor this is keep an eye on your resting pulse rate.
It's not a very reliable indicator if your fitness level fluctuates much.
That, like everything else, depends. Either way it's cheap and effective.
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jhodlof wrote:
Jeff MacE wrote: Nick F needs to chime-in here, but red wine has a property that counters the inflammatory process that creates plaque on artery walls.
What, if anything, can be done to counter act the property of red wine that makes its regular drinkers have snotty nose?
Does this answer the question? ;)
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I have no idea what it costs. I'd consult your primary care physician if you're interested.
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