PAE. And Plaque in artery’s

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Had a PAE DONE AT Tampa FLORIDA hospital and was told by IR after that my arterys were full of Plaque and asked him what can i do about that he walked out and Said Nothing so now im eating more vegtables and fruit but PAE did nothing for my BPH ANYONE know if thats is a factor in its failure? REALLY UNCARING IR and waste of time and money IT Is a teaching hospital and think his assitant IR did the PAE but knocked me out when i didnt need to be out so not sure if he did any of the procedure

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    Drummer,

    Typically clogged arteries are partially of fully disqualifying event for PAE, which require an unobstructed access of the thin catheter to the prostate arteries on both sides. It could be fatty stuff (cholesterol) or calcium deposits on the walls (often developing independently) and based on your diet and heredity. Eating fruits and veggies won't decrease the amount of plaque inside your arteries but can prevent (with 10% efficiency) from developing more plaque, which is called atherosclerosis in medicine ("narrowing with deposited fat" in English). You are risking now more of heart attack or stroke than BPH complications. Ask your PCP to prescribe your statins. Sometimes tham can stop development of new plaque and dissolve the old ones. According to my IR I was fortunate and my arterial system was relatively clean from deposits for my age(71). (5% of PAE is done at University clinics, so you are not special... It's due to the need of special equipment and training that standard hospitals accepting standard insurances usually don't have. Your PAE should have been covered by Medicare (if you are eligible) or maybe partially by your insurance.

    Unlikely that your PAE was performed by an intern IR. I takes 10-12 years of training to become an IR. Also, if they didn't embolize your prostate's arteries, they would tell you so. Otherwise it will be a malpractice.

    You might need a different procedure, based on your age, prostate size, and general health. You should wait at least 3-4 weeks before the first results of PAE .will show up. You should also know whether an effective PAE was performed on you from the almost immediate excruciating pain in your scrotum and pelvic area during first 2-3 weeks post procedure.

    I wish you luck.

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      i was told by ir that my tip would burn but it did not feel to bad as that was my indication that it was not a success i am 69 and on lipitor and do worry about a heart attack or stroke but i still an trying to eat healthy thank you for your insight and im hoping for the best as it was done about 2 months ago

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    Hi Drummer

    The MRI of my prostate and surrounding organs showed calcium deposits in my iliac arteries (not sure what they supply )

    The deposits are not related to PG problems.

    My general practicianer says calcium deposits are due ti cholesterol. ... while others sources say that nobody knows what causes the problem. I have tendonitus in my shoulder which is caused by calcium deposits.

    My PAE was a success ....after about a year ...

    Its important not to drink to much water / tea etc.....just try to keep urine slightly yellow ....this will result in less need to pee

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    Drummer,

    Some enzymes can help clear plaque from arteries. The one I am familiar with is serrapeptase. Serrapeptase dissolves unneeded proteins from the body. Be aware that it may also cause slight hair loss, since hair is mostly protein.

    Beta Sitosterol is a natural supplement which can reduce cholesterol, and can also help with BPH.

    Thomas

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    It can take anywhere from weeks to months before you know if the PAE worked, and if so, how well did it work. If you have a median lobe it might not be effective. About the plaque: the doctor made you aware of something critical so you should be thankful for that info and step back and look at all of the factors that might be contributing to the plaque in your arteries. You need to think about your percent body fat, exercise, eating habits, other bad habits (smoking, drinking). And, you also need to know your blood pressure and A1C level. If you blood pressure is up due to constricted arteries, you need to take medication for that, and if your A1C level is up you need to change your diet. So, this is more than just eating more fruit and vegetables.

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    I hope your PAE will be successful, and as others have observed the results are not immediate.

    It is a pity your doctor has such a poor bedside manner! However, since his speciality is radiology it is understandable why he would be reluctant to venture an opinion on a medical condition he does not normally treat.

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