Heart Disease Community
Carotid artery narrowing
About This Community:

A community of people with Heart Disease to guide and support your heart-health journey. Ask a question, join a conversation, share experiences: symptoms, nutrition, and management.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Carotid artery narrowing

Hello, I am a 47 yo female just diagnosed with carotid artery narrowing <50%.  Also have mitral valve prolapse.  Father died of heart attack at 54 years and brother at 41yo.  Am I genetically predestined to heart disease?   I do not smoke, drink and exercise 6 days a week with walks, treadmill running and elliptical, weightlifting 3X/weekly.   Will be seeing internist soon, what questions should ask at next appointment?
Related Discussions
4 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
What were your symptoms before being diagnosed with Carotid Atery narrowing?
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Internist heard bruit in carotid artery during routine exam.  Diagnosed after ultrasound with mild carotid artery stenosis, <50%.  Recently found out my father and brother had atherosclerosis.  My ultrasound showed no plaque in carotid arteries.  Going to cardiologist for yearly echo for moderate mitral regurg so will get more info from him re: carotid stenosis.
Blank
469720_tn?1388149949
Hello
It sounds like you do have some familial tendency to develop premature atherosclerosis. For premenopausal women, estrogen appears to have some protective affect in preventing develoment of atherosclerotic changes.  After about 3-5 years post menopausal, the incidence of atherosclerosis equals men.

What is your cholesterol level, specifically the breakdown of LDL(remember "l" for lousy and hdl) You need to have an aggressive evaluation to uncover any reversible predisposing conditions and to have those treated. When treating individuals with this type of family history, I pull out all stops in diagnosing conditions early; sometimes even employing chemistries and diagnostic tests that would not be offered to low risk, asymptomatic patients
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Recently had a NMR Lipoprofile:

LDL-P was 1040
Small LDL-P was 513
Total cholesterol 155 with LDL-C 94.  
HDL-C was 50 and triglycerides 55.  
LDL Particle size 21.6, large HDL-P was 11.9 and large VLDL-P was .04
C-reactive protein 1.07

Did recently find out brother did not die of heart attack but suicide.  Father had massive heart attack; both were heavy smokers and alcoholics.  I do have a brief history of smoking but do not drink.  Very active, at the gym 5x week along with long walks 6x week.  
Imaging report for carotid ultrasound showed "mild intimal thickening bilaterally" and "antegrade vertebral flow is present".  Any info you can give on these readings would be greatly appreciated.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
11548417_tn?1431627317
Blank
Ger57
Netherlands
1124887_tn?1313758491
Blank
is_something_wrong
Oslo, Norway
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Occupant
IL
Blank
BloodPressure Tracker
Monitor Your Blood Pressure
Start Tracking Now
Blank
HeartRhythm Tracker
Track your Heart Condition
Start Tracking Now
Recent Activity
1236893_tn?1408490528
Blank
How Bad Science and Big Business Cr...
3 hrs ago by gymdandee
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
kimmyro hello Comment
Jul 31
1236893_tn?1408490528
Blank
facts About Meat
Jul 31 by gymdandee
Heart Disease Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543_tn?1371753642
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
Jan 27 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGDBlank
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
11548417_tn?1431627317
Blank
Ger57
Netherlands
1124887_tn?1313758491
Blank
is_something_wrong
Oslo, Norway
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Occupant
IL