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X-ray of lumbar spine shows atherosclerotic plaque in aorta.Lipids, LFT'S, A1C OK w/meds - trigs slightly up.Does this plaque guarantee future problem

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Dr. Rawhi Omar
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Atherosclerosis

Just about everyone your age would have atheromatous plaques in their aortas.
.these plaques become dangerous when they get eroded, blood clots form at the eroded surface and parts of them break off and travel to distant sites (emboli) or the wall of the aorta becomes very weak and baggy (aneurysm). These are the complications that raise doctor's alarm

In brief: Atherosclerosis

Just about everyone your age would have atheromatous plaques in their aortas.
.these plaques become dangerous when they get eroded, blood clots form at the eroded surface and parts of them break off and travel to distant sites (emboli) or the wall of the aorta becomes very weak and baggy (aneurysm). These are the complications that raise doctor's alarm
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Trusting you're not a smoker, or that you will quit on getting this news.
The plaque's a marker for problems elsewhere more than a danger itself. You've done well so far. Why not give yourself a fantastic gift -- get back into that fitness-focused lifestyle you enjoyed as a teen, and drop your risk even further? I've seen women of every age accomplish this -- wouldn't it be wonderful?

In brief: No

Trusting you're not a smoker, or that you will quit on getting this news.
The plaque's a marker for problems elsewhere more than a danger itself. You've done well so far. Why not give yourself a fantastic gift -- get back into that fitness-focused lifestyle you enjoyed as a teen, and drop your risk even further? I've seen women of every age accomplish this -- wouldn't it be wonderful?
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