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How do diabetes and smoking lead to clogged arteries?
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
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In brief: Inflammation
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In brief: Inflammation
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Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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Emily Lu
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Multiple mechanisms
Diabetic patients may develop problems with the integrity of the walls of their blood vessels and with their blood coagulation pathways.
Smoking can also damage blood vessel walls, alters blood coagulation pathways, and create free radicals that further stress the system. Furthermore, smoking and diabetes both lead to high blood pressure and high cholesterol which worsen cardiovascular function.

In brief: Multiple mechanisms
Diabetic patients may develop problems with the integrity of the walls of their blood vessels and with their blood coagulation pathways.
Smoking can also damage blood vessel walls, alters blood coagulation pathways, and create free radicals that further stress the system. Furthermore, smoking and diabetes both lead to high blood pressure and high cholesterol which worsen cardiovascular function.
Emily Lu
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