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Atherosclerosis: Introduction

Atherosclerosis: Atherosclerosis is the buildup of fatty deposits called plaque on the inside walls of arteries. Arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygen and ... more about Atherosclerosis.

Atherosclerosis: Atherosclerosis is a syndrome affecting arterial blood vessels. It is a chronic inflammatory response in the walls of arteries, in large part due to the accumulation of macrophage white blood cells and promoted by low density (especially small particle) lipoproteins (plasma proteins that carry cholesterol and triglycerides) without adequate removal of fats and cholesterol from the macrophages by functional high density lipoproteins (HDL). It is commonly referred to as a hardening or furring of the arteries. It is caused by the formation of multiple plaques within the arteries. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Atherosclerosis is available below.

Symptoms of Atherosclerosis

Treatments for Atherosclerosis

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Atherosclerosis?

Atherosclerosis: Related Patient Stories

Atherosclerosis: Deaths

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Alternative Treatments for Atherosclerosis

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed in various sources as possibly beneficial for Atherosclerosis may include:

Types of Atherosclerosis

Curable Types of Atherosclerosis

Possibly curable types of Atherosclerosis include:

  • Dyslipoproteinemia related atherosclerosis
  • Diabetes related atherosclerosis
  • Stroke related atherosclerosis
  • Coronary heart disease related atherosclerosis
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Rare Types of Atherosclerosis:

Rare types of Atherosclerosis include:

  • Hyperthyroidism related atherosclerosis
  • Homocysteinemia related atherosclerosis
  • Hyperuricemia related atherosclerosis
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Diagnostic Tests for Atherosclerosis

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Atherosclerosis: Complications

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Causes of Atherosclerosis

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Disease Topics Related To Atherosclerosis

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Atherosclerosis: Undiagnosed Conditions

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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 for people to die from 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 which may be 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 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 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 more »

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

Atherosclerosis: Research Doctors & Specialists

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Atherosclerosis: Rare Types

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Latest Treatments for Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis: Animations

Prognosis for Atherosclerosis

Research about Atherosclerosis

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Clinical Trials for Atherosclerosis

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Statistics for Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis: Broader Related Topics

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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)

Coronary Artery Disease (Easy to Read): NWHIC (Excerpt)

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)

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)


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