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What is Atherosclerosis?
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What is atherosclerosis?

Atherosclerosis comes from the Greek words athero (meaning paste or gruel) and sclerosis (hardness). Atherosclerosis is a condition which causes narrowing and hardening of the arteries when they become blocked with plaque, due to cholesterol mainly, but also other substances.

Arteries are the blood vessels which carry oxygen-rich blood from the lungs to all the cells of the body and if they become blocked in any way, this prevents the oxygen getting to the cells and this can cause a number of serious effects in the body, primarily in the heart, which can suffer from oxygen starvation and a heart attack can ensue.

The plaque that builds up in the walls of the arteries (over a period of time) is made up of the following:

The plaque build-up inside the artery wall makes it difficult for blood to flow properly through the arteries.

There are two types of plaque associated with atherosclerosis, with one even worse than the other:

Even if a clot doesn't form, there could be excessive bleeding into the plaque which can also have serious repercussions.


Some facts about atherosclerosis


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  Last reviewed: 27 October 2007 || Last updated: 12 March 2009


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