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what is the difference between atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
None: They are used to describe the same thing.
Dr. Steven Busuttil
Vascular Surgery 33 years experience
None: They are two different terms for the same thing. Atherosclerosis is the formal term. Arteriosclerosis is an older less formal term.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
Largely Nothing: 2 different words for largely the same disease process. Disease (a) typically starts in later childhood, is (b) due to an accumulation of white blood cells in the walls of the arteries, (c) no symptoms occur for decades, though arteries get stiffer (d) most events are without symptoms (despite tissue damage) when symptoms finally do occur, they are commonly of sudden onset due to plaque rupture.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

Is there a difference between atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis?

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Dr. Yu Sun
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Not the same thing: Atherosclerosis is the most common type of arteriosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, and caused by plaque building up in the vessel. Over time the plaque causes thickening of the walls of the artery. Stiffness and a loss of elasticity also result. To clarify, a patient with arteriosclerosis (hardened arteries) may not have atherosclerosis (plaque).
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What are the similarities and differences between arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis?

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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
Largely None: 2 different words for aspects the same disease process. The disease (a) typically start in later childhood, is (b) due to an accumulation of white blood cells in the walls of the arteries, (c) no symptoms occur for decades, though arteries get stiffer (d) most events are without symptoms (despite tissue damage) when symptoms finally do occur, they are commonly of sudden onset due to plaque rupture.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Please advise what is the difference between atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Arteriosclerosis: We use the terms interchangeably but they have technical differences . If you read these they will give more details: http://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/health/health-topics/topics/atherosclerosis/ http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/arteriosclerosis.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Please help! what is the difference between arteriosclerosis & atherosclerosis?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Arteriosclerosis: We use the terms interchangeably but they have technical differences . If you read these they will give more details: http://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/health/health-topics/topics/atherosclerosis/ http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/arteriosclerosis.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis?

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Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 48 years experience
Same thing: Generally these are two terms for the same phenomenon, build up of cholesterol and plaque in the arteries of the body. This is made worse by high cholesterol and smoking, can run in families and is also more common in diabetics and patients with hypertension exercise, good diet no smoking and control of blood pressure and diabetes are the keys to treatments

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