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Atherosclerosis, sometimes called
"hardening of the arteries," occurs when cholesterol, calcium, and other
substances build up in the inner lining of the arteries, forming a material
called plaque. Over time, plaque buildup may narrow the artery and limit blood
flow through it.
Coronary artery disease is atherosclerosis in the heart (coronary)
arteries. Peripheral arterial disease of the legs is atherosclerosis in the leg
arteries. If atherosclerosis affects the brain arteries (carotid or cerebral
arteries), a stroke can occur.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, ElectrophysiologyE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerRobert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
Current as ofJuly 6, 2015
Current as of:
July 6, 2015
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
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