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What Is Atherosclerosis?

Atherosclerosis, often described as a hardening of the arteries, occurs when the normal lining of the arteries deteriorates, the walls of arteries thicken, and deposits of fat and plaque build up, causing narrowing (or even blockage) of the arteries.

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Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on March 20, 2014
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