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A 54-year-old female asked:

Is it normal to have minimal plaque in both coronaries and aorta in the heart at 54 years old?my cholesterol is 170 triglycerides 53. i walk 30 minutes a day every day. stress test normal. whats going on? i do have hereditary hemachromatosis.

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Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Great job!: Minimal plaque is normal or even better than normal given most people’s diets and activity levels today. Your numbers and walking activity are excellent and your risk of CV events is very low. Keep up the good work!
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Dr. David Ellis
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Coronary artery : As we age, our arteries do develop plaque. Those who have hypertension, smoke, have diabetes, are obese, are not active in exercise will develop plaque more extensively. Family history can also contribute to this. Minimal plaque in a person in their mid 50s if seen on a CT scan would not be out of the ordinary. Continue with your good health habits.
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Last updated Nov 30, 2020


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