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Risk Factors of Atherosclerosis

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Hi. I am 19 years old and I smoke since september 2002 (almost 4 years). I am trying to stop it. How possible is that atherosclerosis has started taking place? In addition, if I stop smoking now completely and start a healthy life how passible is that I face heart or atherosclerosis problems in the future?

Apart from smoking I did not have any other problems:normal cholesterol levels, no diabetes and no one of my family and grand parents (still alive) faced atherosclerosis problems even though they used to smoke very much.

Please try to help me. I need some information.

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replied June 16th, 2006
Heart Disease & Heart Attack Answer A1095
Smoking is one of the four major risk factors for developing atherosclerosis. Those 4 major risk factors are: smoking, high levels of blood fats (LDL and triglycerides), high blood sugar level (diabetes mellitus), and arterial hypertension. Other risk factors are: genetic predisposition, male sex, female in menopause, obesity, low physical activity, psychical stress etc. If you stop smoking you will definitely reduce the risk of developing atherosclerosis.
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