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When Does Atherosclerosis Develop
Can start as child: It is a progressive hardening of the arteries, caused by fat, cholesterol, and other substances building up in the arteries - this is called plaque - making the arteries stiffer.This plaque interferes with the normal function of the arteries and can cause problems and symptoms throughout the body.The plaque can block the arteries and/or it can break off and flow to smaller vessels and block them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Atherosclerosis is also known as Blocked arteries. Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is a condition in which a person has build-up of fat, cholesterol, and other substances in the walls of his arteries. Over the years, these substances build-up to form hardened spots called plaques, which can break off pieces of itself and clog arteries downstream ...Read more
Is it possible to develop atherosclerosis if your diet is relatively healthy and you are not overweight if there is a family history?
Yes: There are many risk factors other than cholesterol such as smoking, hypertension, stress, and hereditary factors. So if you want to lessen your chances of developing atherosclerosis, all of those factors need to be addressed. There are also probably other risk factors that we don't even know about. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends.: Total cholesterol is not enough information to determine your personal risk for atherosclerosis. A low total cholesterol with a very low hdl-c may still put you at risk. In addition, even 'good' cholesterol levels when combined with obesity, smoking, lack of exercise, etc. Means you are at increased risk. Inflammation is also a risk factor, so those with rheumatoid arthritis, etc are at risk. ...Read more
Smoked on and of for 6 years but never constantly daily. Is it probable I have developed atherosclerosis? Is my aorta less flexible now?I quit smoking
No safe level: Our arteries and blood vessels are affected by aging, and more affected by our exposures and our genetics. Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of heart disease - more common than lung problems. So getting older leads to stiffer and narrower vessels. Smoking makes it go way faster. More smoking can make it worse, but less smoking doesn't always make it better. Best: stay stopped. Congrats! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Scott bolhack, why do vains, which normally do not develop it, develop atherosclerosis once they are grafted. (in a coronary bypass , for example)?
Clarification Issue: Arteries constantly sustain stretching and relaxing force/movement with each heart beat, i.e. The pulse. This movement of the endothelial structure facilitates movement of low density lipoprotein particles, sugars and other small atherosclerosis promoting particles & molecules through the intercellular spaces between the endothelial cells. Optimizing drivers is more important for vein grafts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do u think high BP or less flexible aorta with atherosclerosis is worst for developing aneurysm? Young persons aorta with high BP or old with lower?
Not sure what u mean: In general aortic aneurysm either genetic or acquired(atherosclerosis) is related to a defective extracellular matrix in the wall of the aorta that leads to weakness and expansion of the artery. Hypertension By its effect on wall stress is just one factor that can cause the aneurysm to expand or dissect regardless of cause Others include inflammation and the type of protein matrix involved. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What causes atherosclerosis? My diet consists of lost of fast food, however I do not have high cholesterol, what are the chances that i will develop atherosclerosis?
Many things!: Your family history is important. Cholesterol values alone are not as predictive of the ratio of total cholesterol, to HDL cholesterol. High blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome, with Insulin resistance, which is primarily seen in people with "belly" weight, ie. Apples! lack of exercise is a major factor as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What's the reason behind human body developing cancers, tumors, cysts, atherosclerosis? Why does human body malfunction today?
Malfunction: Not sure that the human body malfunctions so much, as it wears out. Historically people have always died and we used to say it was due to old age, now we are able to diagnose it with cancer, stroke, infarctions so we have more information. Also we are exposed to more toxins, are obese and have poor diets. Back in man's early age humans were more active, had a healthier diet. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why does atherosclerosis run in families? Is it just a gene that runs through and you just naturally develop cardiovascular disease or is it because of the risk factors that run in families?
Blocked arteries is a condition in which a person has decreased or no blood flow in one or more of his arteries, due to obstructions inside the artery such as thick plaques, floating clumps of broken plaques, blood clots, etc... Severe compression due to a problem on the outside of an artery can also ...Read more
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