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Overview - Atherosclerosis

Description of Atherosclerosis

In the past, atherosclerosis was largely defined in terms of the accumulation of plaque or bad cholesterol (LDL) within the arterial walls, leading to obstructions. However, it is now understood to be more than a simple buildup of plaque. This obstruction is actually a physical and inflammatory response to injuries in the walls' lining.

Causes of arterial wall injuries include high blood pressure or blood sugar (diabetes), smoking and alcohol, free radicals, infectious microbes, or excessive presence of a certain amino acid called homocysteine. Studies have demonstrated that inflammatory molecules stimulate events leading to the development of atherosclerotic lesions.

Some researchers consider atherosclerosis a natural type of band-aid approach to cover an injury or inflammation. When the band-aid becomes too thick or breaks loose, symptoms of a chronic or acute nature occur. In mild cases, this can lead to diminished oxygen supply to the tissue on the other side of the occlusion; in acute cases, it can cause severe strokes or heart attacks.

Unfortunately, many people will not realize they have heart disease until it becomes a medical emergency - on average when a 70% occlusion is reached. Heart disease is still the number one killer of men and women in the United States (CDC). Western pro-inflammatory diets combined with lifestyles involving smoking, alcohol drinking, or being overly sedentary have catapulted atherosclerosis to the top of the cause of death list. It is imperative to promote prevention through yearly or regular health screenings in addition to healthy living and diet.

Disease Classification

Condition: Atherosclerosis
Disease Family: Inflammatory Disease
Organ System: Cardiovascular System
ICD-10 Chapter: Diseases of the Circulatory System
ICD-10 Code: I70

Atherosclerosis Symptoms:

The narrowing of the arteries to the heart may cause symptoms such as shortness of breath, dizziness, altered mental state, chest pain, pain radiating down the left arm, pale skin, diaphoresis, nausea and vomiting, angina, arrhythmias, myocardial infarction. The narrowing of the arteries to the brain can cause symptoms such as severe headache, cognitive dysfunction, dizziness, loss of consciousness, blurred vision, numbness to face, stroke, jugular vein distention for example.

Also known as:

Atherosclerosis, heart disease, ischemic heart disease,, angina, angina pectoris (stable angina), atherosclerotic gangrene, artery occlusion

Drug Interactions

THC Interaction with Pharmaceutical Drugs

  • THC can enhance the effects of drugs that cause sedation and depress the central nervous system, such as benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and alcohol, for example. 
  • THC is metabolized by and an inhibitor of a number of enzymatic liver pathways referred to as cytochrome P450. There are more than 50 enzymes belonging to this enzyme family, a number of which are responsible for the breakdown of common drugs such as antidepressants (e.g. amitriptyline, doxepine, fluvoxamine), antipsychotics (haloperidol, clozapine, stelazine), beta-blockers (e.g. propranolol), bronchodilators (e.g. theophylline), or bloodthinners (e.g. warfarin).  Thus patients taking these classes of medication may find that THC increases the concentration and effects of these drugs as well as the duration of their effects.
  • Clinical observation suggests no likely interactions with other pharmaceuticals at a total daily dose of up to 20mg THC.

CBD Interaction with Pharmaceutical Drugs

  • CBD may alter action on metabolic enzymes (certain drug-transport mechanisms), and as such may alter interactions with other drugs, some of which may produce therapeutic or adverse effects. For instance, CBD interacts with the enzyme cytochrome P450 3A4 and cytochrome P450 2C19, increasing the bioavailability of anti-epileptic drugs such as clobazam (a benzodiazepine). This makes it possible to achieve the same results at significantly lower dosages, reducing treatment costs and risks of adverse effects. 
  • Groups of drugs affected include: anti-epileptic drugs, psychiatric drugs, and drugs affecting metabolic enzymes, for example.
  • Clinical observations suggest no likely interactions with other pharmaceuticals at a total daily dose of up to 100mg CBD

Dosing Considerations

THC Dosage Considerations

  • THC micro dose:  0.1 mg to 0.4 mg
  • THC low dose:  0.5 mg to 5 mg
  • THC medium dose:  6 mg to 20 mg
  • THC high dose:  21 mg to 50+ mg

CBD Dosage Considerations

  • CBD low dose:  0.4 mg to 19 mg
  • CBD medium dose: 20 mg to 99 mg
  • CBD high dose:  100 mg to 800+ mg (upper limits tested ~1,500mg)

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