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A 53-year-old member asked:

what does atherosclerosis effect?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Artery wall: It affects the wall of arteries. Plaque builds up and can eventually block the artery resulting in symptoms such as chest pain if teh heart arteries are involved or stroke if it is the brain arteries. Factors such as a high cholesterol make the process more likely to occur.
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 47 years experience
Atherosclerosis : Can affect any artery in the body.
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 32 years experience
Not a good thing!: Atherosclerosis causes narrowing of blood vessels and result in poor blood flow to multiple organs most notably heart, brain, kidneys, intestines, limbs and eyes. This results in varying degrees of malfunction of these organs affecting quality of life and even threatening life.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Can atherosclerosis be a contraindication?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Depends: It depends on what you mean. A contraindication to what? Exercising, flying an airplane, playing a sport? And it also would depend on how bad the atherosclerosis is. If it has not narrowed arteries enough to cause symptoms, then it probably would not lead to any restrictions.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How can atherosclerosis be avoided?

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Dr. Bart Denys
Cardiology 39 years experience
Atherosclerosis: By controlling the risks : 1. Treat high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol/triglycerides, diabetes. 2. Quit smoking 3. Lose weight if obese, exercise regularly 4. Healthy diet.
A 23-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of atherosclerosis?

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Dr. Charles Jost
Cardiology 36 years experience
Many or none: Many symptoms. The most common are chest pain, shortness of breath, jaw pain, arm pain, sweating, fatigue, abdominal pain, leg pain, dizziness and also back pain. Sometimes atherosclerosis is a stealth disease and there are no symptoms.
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A 23-year-old member asked:

What does atherosclerosis mean?

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Dr. Charles Jost
Cardiology 36 years experience
Plaque build up: It is hardening of the arteries, caused by fat, cholesterol, and other substances building up in the arteries - this is called plaque - making the arteries stiffer. This plaque interferes with the normal function of the arteries and can cause problems and symptoms throughout the body. The plaque can block the arteries and/or it can break off and flow to smaller vessels and block them.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Who was the first person to discover atherosclerosis?

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Dr. Andrew Chung
Cardiology 27 years experience
Unknown: It would be the first person that suffered a heart attack. We don't know who suffered the very first heart attack.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Early anatomists is most likely BUT no specific name
Apr 1, 2013

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