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Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes plaque buildup in the arteries?

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Dr. Myra Skluth
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Inflammation ; chol

Cholesterol and inflammation cause plaque build up in arteries.
There is also a genetic component. High blood pressure causes damage to interior walls of arteries which causes certain cells(macrophages) to move there to repair the damage. This repair process leads to plaque build up.

In brief: Inflammation ; chol

Cholesterol and inflammation cause plaque build up in arteries.
There is also a genetic component. High blood pressure causes damage to interior walls of arteries which causes certain cells(macrophages) to move there to repair the damage. This repair process leads to plaque build up.
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