Atherosclerosis is a potentially serious condition that occurs when plaque clogs up the lining of the body's arteries. Fatty substances called atheroma, along with cholesterol and calcium, harden and create plaque. Over time, plaque builds up and continues to narrow the arteries. Because of this, the movement of oxygen-rich blood through the blood vessels slows immensely, and the individual can develop coronary artery disease or have a stroke. It pays to know the symptoms of atherosclerosis.
Atherosclerosis is incredibly hard to diagnose early as it develops gradually over time. When the narrowing of the arteries is mild, there tend not to be any symptoms. In general, symptoms won't show until the artery is so narrow that it prohibits the blood supply to reach the organs and tissues. Many people who have atherosclerosis find out following a heart attack or stroke.
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