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What does atherosclerosis mean?
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Dr. Charles Jost
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Plaque build up
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.

In brief: Plaque build up
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.
Dr. Charles Jost
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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
Preventive Medicine
In brief: Disease, Artery Wall
Atherosclerosis results from an accumulation of white blood cells, mostly macrophages (called monocytes, one of 5 white blood cell types), which have invaded into the walls of the blood vessel to remove low density lipoprotein (fat carrying protein) particles.
The macrophages may die if overwhelmed with LDL & cannot export the ingested fat into high density lipoprotein particles.

In brief: Disease, Artery Wall
Atherosclerosis results from an accumulation of white blood cells, mostly macrophages (called monocytes, one of 5 white blood cell types), which have invaded into the walls of the blood vessel to remove low density lipoprotein (fat carrying protein) particles.
The macrophages may die if overwhelmed with LDL & cannot export the ingested fat into high density lipoprotein particles.
Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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