Hardening of the Arteries (cont.)
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Hardening of the Arteries Treatment
The goals of treatment of arteriosclerosis are to reduce the symptoms and prevent the progression of the disease so as to prevent blockage of the lumen of the affected arteries. Treatments include lifestyle changes, medications, angioplasty, and surgery.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/4/2014
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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.