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A 35-year-old member asked:

can kids have plaque in their carotid arteries if our family has familial hypercholesterolemia?

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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 23 years experience
Yes: It is entirely possible to form plaque very early in life. Even persons without familial hypercholesterolemia form plaque in their aorta in their 20's as evidenced by autopsy series.
Dr. Charles Jost
Cardiology 36 years experience
Some studies have found plaque in children as young as 8. There are recent recommendations to start cholesterol testing children.
Nov 13, 2011
Dr. Zahid Ahmad
Endocrinology 17 years experience
Possibly: It really depends on their level of cholesterol. Plaque has been previously reported in kids. I would recommend seeing a lipid specialist.

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