Atherosclerosis is a condition in which cholesterol, fat, calcium, and other substances build up in the walls of your arteries. This buildup is called "plaque." Plaque clogs your arteries, causing them to become narrow, which makes it difficult for blood to flow. Atherosclerosis raises your risk of heart attacks and strokes. If the condition involves the arteries in your legs, it is called peripheral artery disease. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how atherosclerosis develops, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
Treatments for Advanced Atherosclerosis
The two main treatment options for advanced atherosclerosis include angioplasty with stenting and bypass surgery. Find out more.
How High Cholesterol Leads to Atherosclerosis
High cholesterol levels lead to clogged arteries, which can ultimately lead to heart disease. WebMD explains how cholesterol levels - both good and bad - raise the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
How the Heart Works & Pumps Blood Through The Human Body
The human heart is an amazing organ. Learn how it works to pump blood throughout the human body using electrical signals from the brain from the experts at WebMD.
High Blood Pressure and Atherosclerosis
WebMD experts explain the link between high blood pressure and atherosclerosis, also called hardening of the arteries.
How Much Do You Know About Atherosclerosis?
Take WebMD's five-minute quiz to see just how much you understand about atherosclerosis and heart disease.
Hardened Arteries: It's About More Than Heart Disease
Hardened arteries aren't just a heart problem.
Atherosclerosis: Prevention Through the Ages
In most of us, atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries is already under way. But regardless of your age, there are specific steps you can take to slow down atherosclerosis.
Could atherosclerosis already be clogging your arteries?
Could atherosclerosis be clogging your arteries? Find out what’s happening in this peek into your body's highway system.