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Atherosclerosis

Date: 2023-09-19

Atherosclerosis is a narrowing of the arteries that can significantly reduce the blood supply to vital organs such as heart, brain and intestines. In atherosclerosis, the arteries are narrowed when fatty deposites called plaques build up inside. Plaques typically contain cholesterol from low-density lipoproteins, smooth-muscel cells and fibrous tissue, and sometimes calcium.

As a plaque grows along the lining of an artery, it produces a rough area in the artery’s normally smooth surface. This rough area can cause a blood clot to form inside the artery, which can totally block blood flow. As a result, the organ supplied by the blocked artery starves for blood and oxygen. The organ’s cells may either die or suffer severe damage.

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