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Atherosclerosis is a potentially serious condition where arteries become clogged up by fatty substances, known as plaques or atheroma.
Symptoms of atherosclerosis
Atherosclerosis does not usually produce symptoms until your blood circulation becomes restricted or blocked, leading to cardiovascular disease (CVD).
Causes of atherosclerosis
As you get older it is thought your arteries naturally begin to harden and narrow, leading to atherosclerosis.
Diagnosing atherosclerosis
As atherosclerosis does not cause symptoms until cardiovascular disease occurs, those at risk of developing the condition should be tested.
Treating atherosclerosis
If you are at risk of developing a cardiovascular disease (CVD) as a result of atherosclerosis, you will be advised to change your lifestyle to reduce this risk.
Preventing atherosclerosis
Making lifestyle changes is a very effective way of preventing or reversing the process of atherosclerosis, as well as reducing your risk of developing a cardiovascular disease (CVD).
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