Atherosclerosis Facts: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatments and Prevention

Arteriosclerosis is a disease of the arteries, characterized by the development of “atheromatous plaque” on the walls of the arteries, which are mainly composed of fatty substances that narrows the lumen of the arteries. The risk is the more or less abrupt obstruction of the artery. The plaque is mainly composed of fat (or “lipids”) and fibrosis. The risk of plaque is that it may rupture or ulcerate (“unstable plaque”), causing the formation of clots (“thrombus”). What is atheromatous plaque? Atheromatous plaques are very common: almost all adults in the West have them. The plaques are made up of fatty … Continue reading Atherosclerosis Facts: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatments and Prevention