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Arterial sclerosis a.k.a Atherosclerosis

Arterial sclerosis a.k.a. atherosclerosis is an extremely common condition which can cause coronary thrombosis, myocardial infarction and other serious conditions. However:

“The atherosclerotic process is not fully understood.”

source wikipedia

“The exact cause of atherosclerosis isn't known. However, studies show that atherosclerosis is a slow, complex disease that may start in childhood. It develops faster as you age.

Atherosclerosis may start when certain factors damage the inner layers of the arteries. These factors include:

• Smoking
• High amounts of certain fats and cholesterol in the blood
• High blood pressure
• High amounts of sugar in the blood due to insulin resistance or diabetes”

Source: US Govt. NIH

Other risk factors which are known to contribute to the onset include:

• Overweight or obesity.
• Lack of physical activity.
• Unhealthy diet.
• Ageing.
• Family history.

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