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Why Is Arteriosclerosis Dangerous
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
CVD: 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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sort of: Well it's not inherited like your eye color but the tendency to develop it is inherited related to many factors. High cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes and other risk factors are also inherited to a degree. So the bottom line is that if your parents have arteriosclerosis you are at greater risk. It would be even more important to modify your risk factors. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Treatment options: Arteriosclerosis has several contributing risk factors. Not all are known but many we do. Agressive treatment of the modifiable risk factors is the key to treatment.Also weather you are treating a patient for primay prevention (no history of mi or stroke) or secondary ( pt had mi, cva, bypass surgery etc.).Regardless exercise good diet smoke cessation and good controll of BP and diabetes and wt loss. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Early: The process of atherosclerosis can actually begin in our late teens and early twenties; although the consequences may not manifest for many years. Autopsy examination from young people dying in wars and trauma has revealed early signs of atherosclerosis in these individuals. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diease: Arteriosclerosis is a pathological process of injury to the lining of the arteries (endothelium) characterized by the build up of fatty deposits, cholesterol, inflammatory cells, calcium, and debris which gradually narrows the lumen (passageway) of the artery. Discrete plaques can rupture, thrombose (form a clot) and occlude (become completely blocked) leading to heart attack or stroke. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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