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Hardening of the Arteries (Atherosclerosis) Topic Guide

Hardening of the Arteries (Atherosclerosis) Hardening of the Arteries (Atherosclerosis): Atherosclerosis is the term referring to a hardening of the arteries caused by buildup of fat and cholesterol on the artery walls. The deposits, called plaque, can eventually block bloodflow. Obesity, high cholesterol, age and a number of other factors put people at risk for atherosclerosis. Treatment may include lifestyle changes, surgery, and medication.

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