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Can you reduce plaque in your arteries?

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According to The Dr. Oz Show, a person can reduce artery plaque if he stops consuming the foods that caused the plaque to develop and incorporates an abundance of heart-healthy foods into his diet. Foods high in saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol, such as fast foods and processed meats, cause plaque buildup and should be eliminated. A heart-healthy diet is primarily plant based and contains little fat.

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Can you reduce plaque in your arteries?
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According to WebMD, a person who has clogged arteries has a high risk of having a heart attack or stroke. When arteries are almost fully blocked, medical professionals can perform surgeries to clear the arteries in order to prevent further accumulation of plaque. However, if emergency heart surgery, such as an angioplasty, stent placement or bypass, is not required, a person can successfully eliminate plaque buildup by changing his diet.

Sticking to a plant-based diet will slowly clear out arteries over time. According to The Dr. Oz Show, a diet high in fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains that are natural and unrefined supports heart health. Such a diet should also include the good fats found in olive oil, avocado and nuts. Foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids also support heart health. These foods include fish, walnuts and flax seeds.

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