So I had my meeting with the teledoc yesterday. The guy was really nice, very informed, and able to admit when he didn't know something. This is super important to me -- I live with three docs, I already know they aren't gods, so I find the tendency some of them seem to have to try to maintain that godly image as kind of tedious in that it can get in the way of learning on both sides. Even more importantly, when I mentioned something he had not heard of, he would often ask where I had heard it and if I could tell him more. So now I will be off to gather articles and studies to send back to him. Very cool and a lot better than being dismissed and told that I am "beyond the knowledge of medical science". This doc was also kind enough to waive his usual fees for his time (close to $5000) because my case was so unusual. That was much appreciated. But on to the bad news! He had a CIMT pulled for me, and the results were that my carotid arteries are about the equivalent of a 51 year old man (I am 44). That's only SEVEN years older than my actual age! I was really relieved by this, and the doc also told me that the results were a lot better than he had expected. With luck and effort I may not have a stroke before I die! So it was bad news, but not the catastrophic news that both the doc and I had expected. He said that given the situation with my Lp(a) and other peculiarities he had expected my CIMT to be as bad as my CAC. So much better than learning that my coronary arteries were the equivalent of a 75 year old man! Best medical news I've had in two years! Yessir, my future's so bright, I gotta wear shades!