Hardening of the Arteries (cont.)
Shabir Bhimji, MD
Shehnaz Shaikh, MD
Alan D Forker, MD
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National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), Information for Patients and the Public, Heart and Vascular Diseases
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Atherosclerosis is a disease of large and medium-sized muscular arteries and is characterized by endothelial dysfunction, vascular inflammation, and the buildup of lipids, cholesterol, calcium, and cellular debris within the intima of the vessel wall.