- 1 The Link Between Atherosclerosis and Heart Disease
- 1.1 What is Atherosclerosis?
- 1.2 Symptoms of Atherosclerosis The most common symptom of atherosclerosis is chest pain (angina). Other signs and symptoms can include shortness of breath, fatigue, leg pain or numbness, and irregularities in heart rate. Atherosclerosis can also cause a stroke or heart attack when an artery becomes blocked due to the buildup of fatty and calcium deposits. Risk Factors for Atherosclerosis
- 1.3 Treatment for Atherosclerosis
- 2 The Link Between Atherosclerosis and Heart Disease
The Link Between Atherosclerosis and Heart Disease
Heart disease is a common health concern that affects millions of people worldwide. Atherosclerosis, a condition caused by hardening and stiffening of the arteries, is one of the leading causes of heart disease. This comprehensive guide reviews the causes, symptoms, and treatments of atherosclerosis and demonstrates the importance of understanding the link between atherosclerosis and heart disease.
What is Atherosclerosis?
Atherosclerosis is a condition in which the arterial walls become thicker due to the accumulation of calcium and fat deposits. This buildup of material makes the artery walls less flexible, leading to decreased blood flow. As the flow of blood is hindered, the risk of serious health problems like heart attack and stroke increases. Atherosclerosis is thought to be caused by a combination of genetics and lifestyle factors such as smoking, lack of exercise, and poor diet.