One step at a time. On the plus side, consider it a lucky catch.
It actually was a catch, as the abdominal aortic plaque stuff showed up on a CT I had on my lower back for something totally unrelated. Forced me to head to my heart doc (yeah, I have docs for different things) and discuss; he moved me into his ultrasound area, and bam, there was the carotid stuff. The issue with the potential for going on a statin is that I already am dealing with 3 other cardiac risk factors (thanks, parents!) which sucks.
Also, I have a good friend (only 50) who recently (like last month) had a potential death situation, when his aorta basically shredded (aortic dissection, it's called); he was lucky enough to get a call into 911, and the EMTs were there in 90 seconds - 2 hours later, he was in surgery for 9 hours to repair his aorta. This shit had me on edge.
In fact, two oys.