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A 34-year-old member asked:

is it true that atherosclerotic vascular disease can be caused by hypertension?

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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: Hypertension is one of the major risk factors for atherosclerosis that can easily be managed.
Dr. John Valente
General Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: Atherosclerosis, plaque, or the old fashioned term "hardening of the arteries" causes the arterial damage and blockage responsible for most strokes, and nearly all heart attacks and pad. Risk factors include smoking, genetics, hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol problems etc. Hypertension also has many other negative effects on stroke risk and kidney function. Keep it under control.

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