What are the Effects of Atherosclerosis

The effects of atherosclerosis depend on where it is occurring. If the arteries of the heart are affected, you may have coronary artery disease. This type of atherosclerosis may lead to angina or heart attacks. If the arteries of the brain are affected, this may lead to a transient ischemic attack or stroke. When the arteries of your arms are affected, this may lead to peripheral artery disease.

Fast Facts:

  • Atherosclerosis develops in childhood and progresses as people get older.
  • Smoking is known to make atherosclerosis worse.
  • Angioplasty maybe used to help remove the plaque build up from the arteries.

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