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What is atherosclerosis?

Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, is a natural process that occurs with aging. We now know that the process starts in childhood, and the "plaque" gradually progresses over time. Made up mostly of cholesterol, the plaques contribute to heart attacks, strokes, and claudication (or leg pain with exercise).

One way to slow down the growth of these plaques is to control your cholesterol levels. Some studies have shown that you can even lessen the plaques in your arteries if you reduce your cholesterol levels. Diet is one method of achieving this, but often cholesterol-lowering medications are necessary.

Knowing your cholesterol levels is important. Your health care provider can help you determine if your cholesterol is too high.


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