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Glossary for Autoimmune Atherosclerosis

  • Arterial occlusive disease: A condition which is characterized by occlusion of arterioles
  • Artery conditions: Any conditions affecting arteries
  • 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.
  • Autoimmune diseases: A group of disorders in which the primary cause is the an inflammatory reaction caused by the body's own immune system attacking tissues
  • Blood vessel conditions: Conditions that affect the blood vessels
  • Chest pain: Pain in the chest area.
  • Circulatory system conditions: Medical conditions affecting the heart and the circulatory system.
  • Immune disorders: Disorders that affect the immune system
  • Shortness of breath: The feeling of being short of breath
  • Systemic disorders: Any condition that occurs in a system of the body

 

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