What is atherosclerosis and what makes it dangerous to you?

Hardening/occlusion

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Atherosclerosis is hardening of the artery by accumulation and building up plaque in its wall causing narrowing and occlusion of the artery and sometimes embolization which includes sending small clots or particles downstream with the end result of blocking blood to tissues and organs causing damages and death
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Common illness

Hernias
Patches of macrophages loaded with cholesterol build up on the walls of arteries and cause problems, ranging from narrowing to clotting of the blood to occlusion to rupture. The epidemic peaked in 1968 but is still our leading cause of death.
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Progression&Rupture

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Atherosclerosis is an accumulation of white blood cells in artery walls causing enlargement without symptoms (people don’t realize) for decades, until a plaque rupture (sudden) releases debris (embolization) into the blood & triggers clots which occlude the artery, either locally or downstream, with the end result of blocking blood to tissues/organs causing cell injury and death.
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