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A 36-year-old member asked:

Is there a chance that i will develop atherosclerosis even if my blood cholesterol is low?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Yes: There are many risk factors other than cholesterol such as smoking, hypertension, stress, and hereditary factors. So if you want to lessen your chances of developing atherosclerosis, all of those factors need to be addressed. There are also probably other risk factors that we don't even know about.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Yes: Smoking family history diabetes obesity hypertension and other risk factors exist.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Will I develop atherosclerosis even if my blood cholesterol is pretty low?

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Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
It depends.: Total cholesterol is not enough information to determine your personal risk for atherosclerosis. A low total cholesterol with a very low hdl-c may still put you at risk. In addition, even 'good' cholesterol levels when combined with obesity, smoking, lack of exercise, etc. Means you are at increased risk. Inflammation is also a risk factor, so those with rheumatoid arthritis, etc are at risk.

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Last updated Feb 23, 2013

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