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Offline eddy1608

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i suffer bad health anxiety over my heart i get a lot of chest aches and pain and i ve ecgs and i had blood work done to see if there was any heart issues in september/october 2012 and i was told all was good my cholesterol was bang on what it should be for my age i was 23 at the time but know the cholesterol thing is bothering me so just curious if anyone has any knowledge on how long it takes to build up to block arteries and become an issue?
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Re: how long does it take cholesterol to build up to where its a problem??
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2014, 07:54:07 AM »
Hi eddy, your chest pain is possibly anxiety related. I've had slightly elevated cholestoral for years, and all my heart tests are normal.
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Re: how long does it take cholesterol to build up to where its a problem??
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2014, 08:15:51 AM »
Not sure how long it takes to build up, I assume it depends on a lot of things so its probably an individual thing and to my understanding it takes years.  But you're in a GREAT position because you're young and your levels are good so you just need to exercise and eliminate the foods from your diet which would cause the cholesterol to build up in the first place and it wont be a problem for you.

Much easier to keep it from building up then to try and bring it down later.
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Re: how long does it take cholesterol to build up to where its a problem??
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2014, 08:19:51 AM »
Typically decades.
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Re: how long does it take cholesterol to build up to where its a problem??
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2014, 09:31:42 AM »
Lara71 what test have you had run on your heart? I am having upper back pain and runs up in my neck and it is worrying me even though I feel like I am tensed. I am afraid to have the test ran afraid they will find something and I will have to live with it. If I could have a clean bill of health I would not have to worry about it any more.
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