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Atherosclerosis is a disease that causes plaque to build up inside blood vessels, which can narrow and harden essential arteries. This build-up may be characterized as fat, cholesterol, or other substances. Over time, cholesterol plaque obstructs blood flow, increasing the risk of a rupture, which may cause a blood clot to travel to an artery and cause significant damage. As mentioned previously, certain lifestyle changes such as exercise, quitting tobacco, taking blood thinners, and eating a healthy diet can reduce the effects of atherosclerosis. Patients affected by this condition should seek treatment to reduce their risk of serious complications.

Symptoms

Typically, atherosclerosis produces no symptoms until the plaque build-up blocks blood flow in an artery. In some instances, patients may experience the following symptoms:

  • Pain the legs while exercising
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Heart attack
  • Poor wound healing
  • Mini-stroke
  • Stroke

If you are experiencing Atherosclerosis symptoms, it may be time for a professional review.

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