Plaquex Therapy in Jeannette, PA
What Is Atherosclerosis?
Atherosclerosis is a medical condition that occurs when arterial plaque − which is made up of cholesterol, fat, calcium, cellular waste, and fibrin (a clotting protein) − accumulates in the arteries. This can occur in any part of the body, and over time, this plaque hardens and narrows the arteries.
Atherosclerosis is most commonly associated with aging, but several other risk factors have been identified. These include:
- Family history of atherosclerosis
- High cholesterol
- Diet high in fat
- High blood pressure
Atherosclerosis restricts blood flow to vital organs and tissues and can cause fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, and muscle weakness. If you are faced with atherosclerosis or other cardiovascular concerns, Plaquex therapy may be able to clear your clogged arteries and help restore your health.
Request more information about plaque buildup and Plaquex IV therapy today by calling (724) 915-1049 or contact Dr. Martin Gallagher online.
Treatments for Atherosclerosis
When left untreated, atherosclerosis can lead to many serious complications, such as:
- Coronary artery disease
- Carotid artery disease
- Peripheral artery disease
- Angina (chest pain)
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Kidney disease
Although a fairly common condition, atherosclerosis − and complications caused by atherosclerosis − can be both successfully prevented and treated. Common treatments include medications that lower cholesterol, heart rate, and blood pressure. Lifestyle changes such as diet changes and exercise regimens may also be recommended. These treatments are often effective, but unlike Plaquex, none of them directly target existing atherosclerosis plaques.
What Is Plaquex Therapy?
Plaquex is a solution containing molecules derived from soybeans called phosphatidylcholines. These molecules are key parts of human cell membranes; when cell membranes in blood vessels are damaged, the body requires more phosphatidylcholine to repair the membranes. When the body cannot make enough phosphatidylcholine, scar tissue and plaques begin to form to repair the damaged cell membranes.
Plaquex IV therapy is an innovative intravenous (IV) infusion treatment designed to remove plaque buildup from the walls of your arteries. It is thought to accomplish this by repairing damaged cell membranes, causing the plaque to disassociate itself from the cell membranes so it can be transported to the liver and excreted.
Benefits of Plaquex Therapy
Phosphatidylcholine delivered by Plaquex treatment may be able to repair damaged cells, prevent plaque formation, and result in plaques, scar tissue, and LDL ("bad" cholesterol) disassociating from the membranes of damaged cells and leaving the body. While oral phosphatidylcholine supplements are usually absorbed by the liver, Plaquex is delivered directly into the blood vessels, which may make it more effective.
While the goal of Plaquex treatment is to treat atherosclerosis and prevent its complications, it is thought to have other benefits. These can include:
- Increased energy and improved sexual function due to improved circulation
- Improved liver function and kidney function, as Plaquex was originally developed as a liver disease treatment
- Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that may protect cell membranes from further damage
Some patients also report improved memory and more youthful-looking skin after Plaquex treatment.
Who Is a Candidate for Plaquex Therapy?
Plaquex consists mostly of phosphatidylcholine - a natural component of healthy cell membranes - so it presents few risks. As such, nearly every patient with atherosclerosis could be a candidate for Plaquex therapy. As with any other therapy, it is important to discuss with your healthcare provider whether or not Plaquex is right for you.
Request Your Appointment Today
While atherosclerosis can lead to a number of serious complications, there is no longer a reason for you to worry about atherosclerosis negatively affecting your life. Plaquex may be able to slow or even reverse atherosclerosis.
To find a cardiovascular specialist who provides Plaquex therapy in Jeannette, PA, call (724) 915-1049 or contact Dr. Martin Gallagher online.
Medical Wellness Associates
Jeannette, PA 15644
8:00 am - 7:30 pm
Tue: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wed: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
Thu: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Fri: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm