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What is atherosclerosis?

Atherosclerosis is a condition in which plaque builds up inside your arteries. Plaque is a sticky substance made up of cholesterol, fat, blood cells, calcium, and other substances found in the blood. Over time, plaque hardens and causes your arteries to narrow. That limits the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your body.

Some people may confuse atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis, but they are not the same thing:

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  1. Atherosclerosis (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... atherosclerosis? You may be more likely to develop atherosclerosis if you: Have certain medical conditions, including: High blood pressure High blood cholesterol Diabetes Metabolic syndrome Inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis Have a ...
  2. Coronary Artery Disease (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... CAD) is the most common type of heart disease. It is the leading cause of ... buildup is called atherosclerosis. As it grows, less blood can flow through ...
  3. ... of central and peripheral vascular diseases such as arteriosclerosis, Buerger's disease, and Raynaud's disease.
  4. ... gastrointestinal tract, or as a complication of other diseases or medicines. Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is very common. Fatty ...
  5. ... infection (fever, redness, general ill feeling ) Symptoms of arteriosclerosis of the extremities
  6. ... accumulation of fatty deposits on the artery walls (atherosclerosis) and heart disease. However, some individuals with hepatic lipase deficiency, who have this imbalance of HDL and LDL, develop atherosclerosis and heart disease in mid-adulthood, while others do not. It ...
  7. A heart-healthy diet is low in saturated fat . Saturated fat can increase your bad cholesterol and clog your arteries. A heart-healthy ...
  8. ... one or more blood vessels. This may suggest: Atherosclerosis Trauma Congenital disease Other vascular condition
  9. Cerebral Arteriosclerosis From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)  
    Cerebral arteriosclerosis is a disease that occurs when the arteries in the brain become hard, thick, and narrow due to the buildup ...
  10. What Is Atherosclerosis? From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)  
    Atherosclerosis,Plaque,Atherosclerosis coronary artery disease,Atherosclerosis peripheral artery disease ... about symptoms, causes, prevention strategies, and treatments for atherosclerosis, a common condition that leads to heart disease and other health problems. It’s caused by the ...
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