Atherosclerosis: Overview

Atherosclerosis is the narrowing and hardening of the arteries. It is related to high cholesterol (and high triglycerides). Strictly speaking, the narrowing of the arteries is called atheroma, the hardening of the artery walls is called arteriosclerosis, and the combination of the two results in atherosclerosis. Both types of artery damage tend to occur together because atheroma’s narrowing damages the walls leading to arteriosclerosis, and vice-versa. Atherosclerosis is an insidious disease that often causes no early symptoms (nor does its main cause: high cholesterol). Nasty complications may occur late in the disease process: hypertension, heart attack, heart failure, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, claudication, and similar disorders. Read more about: High Cholesterol.

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