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A 40-year-old member asked:

Does everyone with high cholesterol and high blood pressure automatically have coronary atherosclerosis?

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Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 32 years experience
Almost certainly if: High cholesterol and high blood pressure if unchecked leads almost certainly to atherosclerosis which manifests as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease or poor circulation. This can adversely affect quality of life and life expectancy.
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 34 years experience
No: Vascular diseases are multifactorial. However, not controlling your medical conditions, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. Can make you more prone to developing vascular problems, and clearly if you already have coronary or peripheral vascular disease, not managing these issues will lead to more rapid progression of the disease process.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

Would you most likely have high cholesterol and/or high blood pressure as cause of coronary atherosclerosis?

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Dr. Robert Vogt Lowell
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
Either: Both high blood pressure and high bad (ldl) cholesterol (or low good cholesterol hdl) are known risk factors in developing coronary atherosclerosis. Other risk factors include smoking, sedentary life style, obesity and very important, the genes you get from your parents.

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