Atherosclerosis, sometimes called
"hardening of the arteries," occurs when cholesterol, calcium, and other
substances build up in the inner lining of the arteries, forming a material
called plaque. Over time, plaque buildup narrows the artery and blocks blood
flow through it.
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Catherine D. Serio, PhD - Behavioral Health
August 2, 2011
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August 02, 2011
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