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Atherosclerosis

Major risk factors for developing include:
  • Hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol level, particularly the "bad" component known as Low-Density Lipoprotein
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Strong family history of
  • Male gender, obesity, age above 50 years, lack of exercise, stress and tension can also predispose to the development of atherosclerosis
The deposit of atheroma within the inner lining of arteries is called atherosclerosis (pronounced ath-row-sklee-rosis). It is estimated that 1/3 of adult Americans develop some form of .
Significant atherosclerosis may be confined to the coronary arteries or may be associated with blockages within the arteries of the neck and those supplying blood to the lower limbs (legs)

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