Making plaque disappear is not possible, but it is possible to shrink and stabilize it. Drugs called statins can help with this by lowering LDL cholesterol. They block the liver enzyme that promotes cholesterol production. Lifestyle changes can also help. These include eating a heart-healthy diet, which can reduce heart disease risk by 30%; smoking cessation, which can raise HDL levels; and exercising, which can lower LDL levels when combined with weight loss.
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