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Question About Atherosclerosis?

Can someone in their 20's develop atherosclerosis especially How long does it usually take?

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    Normally the interest with regards to lipids and heart disease started right after WWII when it was noted that men were dying of heart disease and an early age. What was meant as early was in their forties and early fifties. It usually takes a lifetime of genetics and environment to eventually succumb to heart disease in the late sixties and older. With the first large study it was determined that when we say early heart disease turns out to be less than 55 years of age for men and less than 65 for women. 

    You will be asked about your family history of heart disease and at what age that family member was at the time. It is important to determine that in order to screen for strong genetic contributors in those succumbing to early premature heart disease. 

    If a family member is found to have premature heart disease then it is recommended that they be tested for lipoprotein(a) which is specific strong genetic component in contributing to early premature heart disease and stroke. If that person has a high lipoprotein(a) then the rest of the family needs to be tested for it early inclusive of childhood. If they are found to have levels of that lipoprotein then one needs to instill lifestyle changes to try and prevent heart disease. If they are female then birth control pills would be contraindicated which is why it needs to be determined early on. 

    The vast majority of the people won't have symptomatic atherosclerosis at age twenty but fatty streaks in their arteries is typical for that age. I have seen two young adults of age 20 have open heart coronary artery replacement sugery because of atherosclerosis. It is obviously extremely rare. 

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  • Brian
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    1 month ago

    The exact cause of arteriosclerosis is unknown. It may start with a damage or injury to the inner layer of an artery. Mild arteriosclerosis doesn't usually have symptoms. Symptoms vary depending on which arteries are clogged. Lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet and exercising, are often the most appropriate treatment for arteriosclerosis. Sometimes, medication or surgical procedures might be recommended.

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  • Dylan
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    1 month ago

    Atherosclerosis doesn't usually affect people in their 20s.

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