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Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis: Introduction

Atherosclerosis: A condition which is a form of arteriosclerosis where atheromas are caused by the aggregation of cholesterol and lipids. See detailed information below for a list of 35 causes of Atherosclerosis, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Causes of Atherosclerosis:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Atherosclerosis. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Atherosclerosis

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Atherosclerosis Treatments

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Stories from Users for Atherosclerosis

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Atherosclerosis: Animations

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Atherosclerosis

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Misdiagnosis and Atherosclerosis

Heart attacks can be undiagnosed: Although the most severe symptoms of heart attack are hard to miss, there are varying degrees of severity. It is altogether too common...read more »

Heart attacks can be overdiagnosed: Although many people die from heart attacks, there are also many cases where people fear that they have a heart attack, but actually have something milder. Some of the conditions...read more »

Unnecessary hysterectomies due to undiagnosed bleeding disorder in women: The bleeding disorder called Von Willebrand's disease is quite common in women, but often...read more »

Rare heart condition often undiagnosed: The rare heart condition called long QT syndrome can lead to episodes of palpitations and rapid heartbeat. In rare cases, this undiagnosed condition can be fatal. It should be considered for any unexplained...read more »

Heart attack can be over-diagnosed: Although heart attack is often undiagnosed, leading to fatality, it can also be over-diagnosed. People become concerned that a condition is a heart attack, whereas there are various less dangerous...read more »

Blood pressure cuffs misdiagnose hypertension in children: One known misdiagnosis issue with hyperension, arises in relation to the simple equipment used to test blood pressure. The "cuff" around the arm to measure blood pressure can simply be too small to...read more »

Hypertension misdiagnosis common in children: Hypertension is often misdiagnosed in adults (see misdiagnosis of hypertension), but its misdiagnosis is even more likely...read more »

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Hospitals & Clinics: Atherosclerosis

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Atherosclerosis: Related Rare Diseases

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Atherosclerosis: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Article Excerpts about Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis is the buildup of fatty deposits called plaque on the inside walls of arteries. Arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygen and blood to the heart, brain, and other parts of the body. As plaque builds up in an artery, the artery gradually narrows and can become clogged. As an artery becomes more and more narrowed, less blood can flow through. The artery may also become less elastic ("hardening of the arteries"). Atherosclerosis is the main cause of a group of diseases called cardiovascular diseasesódiseases of the heart and blood vessels. (Source: excerpt from ATHEROSCLEROSIS: NWHIC)

Atherosclerosis is the hardening of the arteries. Your arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygen and blood to muscles in your body. In hardening of the arteries, fatty materials build up on the walls inside of your arteries. These materials are made up of cholesterol and fat. The more cholesterol in your blood, the more fatty material can build up, and the more narrow and hard the artery can get. When an artery becomes narrow and hard, not enough oxygen and blood get to your muscles. Hardening of the arteries can happen anywhere in your body. You may have blockage in the arteries that carry blood to the heart, leg, or brain. These blockages can cause chest pain, shortness of breath, leg pain, and even heart attacks and strokes. (Source: excerpt from Coronary Artery Disease (Easy to Read): NWHIC)

Atherosclerosis is a type of arteriosclerosis (or thickening and hardening of the arteries). As we age, some hardening of the arteries can occur naturally. When a person has atherosclerosis, the inner walls of the arteries become narrower due to a buildup of plaque. Plaque results from deposits of fat, cholesterol, and other substances. Blood clots form, blocking blood flow, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes. High blood cholesterol, smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and not being physically active all put you at greater risk for atherosclerosis. (Source: excerpt from HEART AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE: NWHIC)

Atherosclerosis is the buildup of fatty deposits called plaque on... (Source: excerpt from ATHEROSCLEROSIS: NWHIC)

Atherosclerosis is the hardening of the arteries. Your arteries are blood vessels... (Source: excerpt from Coronary Artery Disease (Easy to Read): NWHIC)

Atherosclerosis is a type of arteriosclerosis (or thickening and hardening of... (Source: excerpt from HEART AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE: NWHIC)

Definitions of Atherosclerosis:

A common form of arteriosclerosis characterized by deposits of plaques (atheromas) containing lipids, carbohydrates, blood and blood products, fibrous tissue, and calcium deposits. These plaques are found in the intima of large- and medium-sized arteries.
- (Source - Diseases Database)

A stage of arteriosclerosis involving fatty deposits (atheromas) inside the arterial walls
- (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Age, lifestyle, diet, and gene related degeneration of arteries due to deposition of lipoid plaques (atheromas) on inner arterial walls; main cause of coronary artery disease, a leading cause of death.
- (Source - CRISP)

Detailed list of causes of Atherosclerosis

The list below shows some of the causes of Atherosclerosis mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Atherosclerosis?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Atherosclerosis. Of the 35 causes of Atherosclerosis that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 1 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 2 causes are "common" diseases
  • 0 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 0 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 34 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Atherosclerosis:

The following list of conditions have 'Atherosclerosis' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Atherosclerosis:

The following list of medical conditions have Atherosclerosis or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Causes of Atherosclerosis Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Atherosclerosis based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    What are the alternative names for Atherosclerosis:

    Arteriosclerosis, Atheroma
    - (Source - Diseases Database)

    Classifications of Atherosclerosis:

    Medical Conditions associated with Atherosclerosis:

    Artery symptoms (83 causes), Blood vessel symptoms (480 causes), Blood lipid symptoms (64 causes), Circulatory system symptoms (1579 causes), Blood symptoms (2297 causes), Abnormal blood test symptoms (1538 causes)

    Symptoms related to Atherosclerosis:

    Artery symptoms (83 causes), Arteriosclerosis (13 causes), Heart disease (106 causes), Aorta symptoms, Heart symptoms (2927 causes), Blood vessels, Cholesterol (40 causes), Lipid profile, Heart attack (138 causes), Stroke (192 causes), Obesity (236 causes), Diabetes (212 causes), Hypertension (398 causes), Anticoagulants

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