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This is for dr chip only .. I went and had an ultrasound on

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Hi this is for dr chip only .. I went and had an ultrasound on my carotid arteries today,, all ok apart from the left internal carotid artery, she said there is a 1.2mm bit of plaque on it, she showed me it, was very small.. anything to worry about?
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 months ago.

No, grasshopper, absolutely no worries there

We all have some plaque on our arteries and that one is so small it isn't causing any blood flow problems

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Yeah that's what she said.. she told me it's the internal artery but on the report she has written common artery .. does it matter?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 months ago.

No, doesn't matter

The internal carotid is one branch of the common carotid

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Plaque
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 months ago.

Absolutely nothing to worry about

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Ok thanks doc
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 months ago.

Any time grasshopper

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Hi doc online?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 months ago.

Get back to me in two hours

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Ok
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 months ago.

Talk to you then

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I'll ask the question now then u can answer when u are here .. it's just further advice I wanted on the question about the plaque in the carotid artery .. the small amount I have, is there a risk that it can break off and travel to the brain? Or can it get bigger very quickly or does it do that over several years? Am I at risk of a stroke? Should I ask my GP to put me on statins?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 months ago.

No risk of any kind and these grow, if at all, very, very slowly

And statins don't affect these

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 months ago.

What are your cholesterol numbers?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Ok.. hang on I'll check
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 months ago.

OK

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
My most recent show as 5.6 as an overall .. trigs shows as 2.2 ( 2.3 being the cutoff)
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Haven't got hdl or ldl
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 months ago.

Then you don't need statins

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Why? Is that good results?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 months ago.

Yes

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I got worried that the plaque will get bigger over the next few weeks or months
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 months ago.

Oh, grasshopper---if there were absolutely nothing for you to worry about it would be necessary for you to find something to worry about

It absolutely won't get any bigger in a few weeks or months

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Lol
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Are we talking decades?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 months ago.

Yes

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
But even then if I keep my diet good then it shouldn't get bigger?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 months ago.

It shouldn't get bigger

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
that small amount would be something that developed over the course of my life? Not something that would have suddenly appeared? Sorry for repetitive q's .. trying to get a better understanding of it
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 months ago.

It's probably been there for some time--no way to tell how long

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Ok but definately nothing to stress over? And definately not something that will get bigger rapidly
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 months ago.

Correct to both

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Cheers ***** ***** catch up with u later.. oh and I forgot to say .. hope u had a good Christmas and new year :-)
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 months ago.

I did and same to you grasshopper

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Right doc.. going to go to sleep but before i go.. I do a lot of excercise Won't make that plaque break off will it? I'm just thinking with the fast blood flops when I'm at the gym it might break off and head into my brain, or does it not work like that?
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Lol flops.. I meant fast blood flow
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 months ago.

No it won't have any effect on the plaque

And you do have a lot of fast blood flops that bang you in the head.

Actually that sounds like aortic regurgitation--that is kind of a fast blood flop

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Oh no
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Don't get me thinking of that now
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Excercise should be beneficial for me really?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 months ago.

OOPS

Watch the watch--keep watching the watch--your eyelids are getting heavy--you only hear my voice.........

Exercise is good for you

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Lol
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I don't have any aortic regurgitation or any other cardiac issues .. lol
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I know ur a medicine man but would u recommend taking a bit of turmeric daily to reduce cholesterol ?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 months ago.

No and I slipped up--you do a fine job of finding something to worry about on your own

Garlic's probably more effective

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Ok thanks doc ... gnite
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 months ago.

Nite grasshopper

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Not gonna bother with garlic.. just had a quarter teaspoon of turmeric powder mixed with water.. going to have it twice daily for 3 months and then get my cholesterol checked .. I know turmeric has blood thinning side effects .. nothing too extreme I'm guessing?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 months ago.

Nothing too extreme

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Hi online doc?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 months ago.

For a short while grasshopper

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Ok I'll post a q
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 months ago.

OK

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Posted
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 months ago.

Got it

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Are u online doc?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 months ago.

got you on the other page grasshopper

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
The question I posted? It's in medical?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 months ago.

Got it