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.
Take Steps to Lower Cholesterol
You can lower your high cholesterol by changing your daily habits. Ask your doctor what changes you need to make.
Alert: Bypass Over Angioplasty for Patients with Diabetes
An important Clinical Alert notifying physicians that for patients with both diabetes and coronary heart disease who are considering either bypass surgery or angioplasty, surgery is the best of the two options.
Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary artery disease is a serious condition caused by a buildup of plaque in your arteries. Learn more about coronary artery disease causes, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and complications.
An Overview of Carotid Artery Disease
WebMD explains carotid artery disease, including the symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment.
Your Arterial Lifeline
Heart attacks and strokes caused by atherosclerosis are responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year. But diseases caused by atherosclerosis also lead to chronic pain, kidney failure, blindness, and even impotence.
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.
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.
Hardened Arteries: It's About More Than Heart Disease
Hardened arteries aren't just a heart problem.