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Clogged Blood Vessels to Heart

  My father, early 70's, just underwent an angiogram.  The results indicated that the small blood vessels to his heart were clogged.  He has had two quadruple bypasses in the last 20 years and all grafted areas were fine - no blockages.  The doctor stated that there is no treatment to clear the vessels because they are too small.  His treatment plan for my father is to lose 40 pounds, lower his chloresteral dramatically, and to start a cardiac rehabiliation program.  Is there any treatment with drugs, natural supplements, etc. that can help in clearing these blockages in his vessels?  What does this mean long term if he follows all the recommended treatments?
Dear MJ,
Thanks for your question.  Your father's doctor is correct that there is no revascularization procedrue for small vessels.  The best treatment is prevention.  I have outlined some steps your father should consider taking.  In addition he should follow his doctors advice on medications and activity.:
1. If you smoke, quit smoking.  This is the single biggest thing a person can modify in their life.  Smoking will significantly increase one's risk of having a heart attack.
2. Maintain an active lifestyle - Try to get some regular exercise.
3. Follow a strict low fat diet.  Some may even consider following a vegetarian diet.  
4. Maintain regular follow-up with your doctor.
Other web sites that have good information on prevention are below:
This site has some good links to other pages on prevention, healthy eating and exercise.

The American Medical Association Site has information about heart attacks and preventing further attacks.
University of California's prevention program.
I hope you find this information useful.  Information provided in the heart forum is for general purposes only.  Only your physician can provide specific diagnoses and therapies.  Please feel free to write back with additional questions.
If you would like to make an appointment at the Cleveland Clinic Heart Center, please call 1-800-CCF-CARE or inquire online by using the Heart Center website at www.ccf.org/heartcenter.  The Heart Center website contains a directory of the cardiology staff that can be used to select the physician best suited to address your cardiac problem.


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