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hi doctors, was just wondering what is arteriosclerosis and why is it dangerous?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Atherosclerosis: This is our most important single disease. It involves accumulations of cholesterol beneath tough fibrous tissue, narrowing arteries. This causes angina, dementia, loss of legs, and more. If the plaques break, cholesterol embolizes causing strokes, or the blood clots causing heart attacks. Weakening of the wall causes aneurysms that burst. 'healthy lifestyles' especially target atherosclerosis.
Answered on Jan 24, 2014

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