A 40-year-old member asked:
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is it possible to have blocked arteries at the age of 23?

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Dr. Laura Pak
Dr. Laura Pak answered
27 years experience Vascular Surgery
Yes: Although rare, it can happen. Some of the possible causes are buerger's disease (blockage of small arteries related to smoking), vasculitis, severe raynauds disease (vasospasm from cold exposure), collagen vascular disease, embolism, popliteal entrapment or popliteal adventitial cystic disease.
Answered on Mar 14, 2017
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Dr. Michael Korona
32 years experience Interventional Radiology
Yes: Vessels can be blocked by trauma or congenital problems like popliteal artery entrapment or thoracic outlet syndrome. Pad is rare in this age group. Juvenile diabetics are at increased risk.
Answered on Mar 14, 2017
Dr. Norman Chideckel
41 years experience Vascular Surgery
Blocked arteries: Very unlikely at age 23
Answered on May 3, 2017

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