A 34-year-old member asked:
why is arteriosclerosis dangerous?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Alon Gitig answered
19 years experience Cardiology
Blocks blood flow: Arteriosclerosis is dangeous if it restricts blood flow to vital organs by causing build-up of plaque that narrows the inside of arteries. However the most potential for harm comes from the rare instances where atherosclerotic plaques may become inflamed and suddently activate clotting components, leading to a sudden complete (or near-complete) obstruction of blood flow.
Answered on Sep 22, 2016
Dr. John Burns answered
45 years experience Cardiology
Restricts flow: Atherosclerosis affects many blood vessels that supply blood to a number of very important organs needed to sustain life. If it develops in vessels supplying the heart or brain it may lead to heart attacks and strokes.
Answered on Sep 1, 2013
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