I am a 46 yo female and may have pervasive atherosclerosis. I am beginning to learn WHAT atherosclerosis is and it's capacity for damage (in a clinical sort of way) but don't really understand it's rate or what I can do about it. I do know it can cause strokes and have had TIAs in the past. However, I think my larger fear is of altzheimer's disease. The few things I've read are mixed in whether the 2 fit hand in hand. Do they? What are the chances that because of the atherosclerosis, I will be disabled through altzheimer's disease? Will dementia be inevitable anyway? I have a young child. I do not smoke or drink (never have) and do not have diabetes. No known familial history. Mild hyperlipidemia and moderate high bp. Blood tests are largely good except the sed rate.
I really appreciate your input.
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