Hardening of the Arteries (cont.)
Shabir Bhimji, MD
Shehnaz Shaikh, MD
Alan D Forker, MD
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Authors and Editors
Author: Shabir Bhimji, MD, Consulting Surgeon, Cardiac Surgical Associates of West Texas
Coauthor(s): Shehnaz Shaikh, MD, Medical Writer, eMedicine.com, Inc
Editors: Alan D Forker, MD, Program Director of Cardiovascular Fellowship, Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine
Last Editorial Review: 12/27/2006
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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.