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Can you still have blocked arteries, even if your cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure are good?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Yes: The causes of atherosclerosis are multifactorial- high cholesterol is just one factor. So yes, it is possible to have normal cholesterol and still have blocked arteries.
Dr. David Wilson
Vascular Surgery 28 years experience
Yes: While lipid levels and blood pressure are important, many other factors including genetics, tobacco abuse, diabetes, etc. Contribute to artery plaques. In addition, blockages can be caused by compression of the artery by abnormal bone, tendons, muscles or tumors.

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