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What is an inflammed artery and is it dangerous?

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Dr. Maureen Mays
Clinical Lipidology
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In brief: It's several things

Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is a complex process.
The majority of a plaque ("blockage") is made up of cholesterol and triglycerides that come packaged in ldl-cholesterol particles. Although we say ldl-cholesterol, there is triglyceride also. The plaque also contains many white blood cells which turn into immobile cells called foam cells. The plaque is an area of inflammation.

In brief: It's several things

Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is a complex process.
The majority of a plaque ("blockage") is made up of cholesterol and triglycerides that come packaged in ldl-cholesterol particles. Although we say ldl-cholesterol, there is triglyceride also. The plaque also contains many white blood cells which turn into immobile cells called foam cells. The plaque is an area of inflammation.
Dr. Maureen Mays
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