How to Clean Arteries in the Neck

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Carotid artery disease is when fat accumulates and blocks the blood flow of your neck arteries (carotid arteries).Your carotid arteries supply your brain with blood rich in oxygen. These arteries extend from your aorta (largest artery which is connected to your heart) to your brain. A stroke can occur when your carotid arteries become blocked by fat. However you can clean out your arteries and prevent this from happening.

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Step 1

Clean out your arteries by considering getting an atherectomy. This procedure involves inserting a catheter with a cutting device attached to its end. It is then introduced into your body and advanced through the narrowing areas of your carotid arteries cutting away the plaque blocking them. An atherectomy is usually performed by a cardiologist.

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Step 2

Remove plaque from your neck arteries by getting an angioplasty. This technique involves inserting a catheter into the blocked areas of your carotid arteries. The catheter has a balloon like tip attached to it which inflates and flattens the plaque and widens the arterial walls to allow blood to move more freely. A cardiologist usually performs this common procedure.

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Step 3

Stay away from second hand smoke and quit smoking. This can help clean out your arteries. The nicotine in cigarette smoke can cause more fat to accumulate in your arteries, making your condition worse. Discuss with your doctor about products that can help you quit smoking. Always bring with you a clean surgical mask to wear in the event you enter areas where there are people that are smoking. This will help you filter the air you breathe.

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Step 4

Lower your blood cholesterol levels if it is already elevated. Lowering your cholesterol will help clean out your arteries. Consume a reduced-fat, high-fiber and reduced-cholesterol diet. Always read the nutrition labels in the foods you buy. Foods which can help you clean out your arteries include nut, apples, kidney beans and oat bran. Eat 2 to 3 servings of these types of foods daily.

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Step 5

Do high-impact exercises for at least one hour daily to clean out your arteries. High impact exercises such as running, aerobics and swimming can hasten the circulation of your blood to aid in preventing plaque from accumulating in your arteries. These kinds of exercises may also help you lose weight if you are overweight.

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References

  • Arteriosclerosis
  • "Medical Diagnosis and Treatment," Stephen J. McPhee, MD, Publisher: McGraw-Hill 2006
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