How long does it take for the development of cardio vascular disease?

An interesting study. Some of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease include hyperlipidemia, diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, older age and family history. According to a study with a serial intravascular ultrasound on pigs after inducing diabetes and hyperlipidemia, plaque started to develop at week 11, and progressively evolved to high-risk plaques at week 36. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20439786.
It is progressive... Cardiovascular disease includes coronary artery disease, stroke, carotid artery disease, or peripheral arterial disease. They are caused by blockages in the arteries by atherosclerosis, which is a build-up of fats called plaques inside the walls of the arteries. It is a progressive disease with many recognized risk factors that generally begins in childhood and manifests in mid-late adulthood.