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What happens in atherosclerosis?
6 doctors weighed in

Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
Preventive Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Progression, Closure
White blood cells, mostly macrophages, invade the walls of the arteries to remove low density lipoprotein (fat carrying protein) particles.
Macrophages die if overwhelmed with LDL & cannot export their ingested fat into high density lipoprotein particles. The artery wall thickens & enlarges; no symptoms decades. Plaque rupture induces sudden clots, debris downstream, sudden narrowing & closure.

In brief: Progression, Closure
White blood cells, mostly macrophages, invade the walls of the arteries to remove low density lipoprotein (fat carrying protein) particles.
Macrophages die if overwhelmed with LDL & cannot export their ingested fat into high density lipoprotein particles. The artery wall thickens & enlarges; no symptoms decades. Plaque rupture induces sudden clots, debris downstream, sudden narrowing & closure.
Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Artery blockage
The process affects arteries causing a buildup of plaque which can narrow the artery.
If the plaque ruptures the artery can suddenly get occluded. If an artery is narrowed or occluded, symptoms would occur. The symptoms would depend on what part of the body is supplied by that artery. Chest pain if heart, stroke or TIA if brain, pain in area if arm or leg for istance.

In brief: Artery blockage
The process affects arteries causing a buildup of plaque which can narrow the artery.
If the plaque ruptures the artery can suddenly get occluded. If an artery is narrowed or occluded, symptoms would occur. The symptoms would depend on what part of the body is supplied by that artery. Chest pain if heart, stroke or TIA if brain, pain in area if arm or leg for istance.
Dr. Louis Grenzer
Dr. Louis Grenzer
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