Reaction Paper On Atherosclerosis

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Atherosclerosis is the hardening and narrowing of the arteries, which silently and slowly blocks the arteries putting blood flow at risk. It’s the main cause of heart attacks, strokes, and peripheral vascular disease. Arteries are blood vessels that carry blood from the heart throughout the body. They’re all lined by a thin layer of cells called the endothelium which works to keep the inside of arteries toned and smooth to prevent any problems with blood flow. Atherosclerosis begins with damage to the endothelium caused by high blood pressure, smoking, or high cholesterol. That damage further leads to the development and formation of plaque. When LDL, or bad cholesterol, crosses the arteries with the damaged endothelium, the cholesterol enters the wall of the artery.…show more content…
As the white blood cells and cholesterol build up over the years, they become plaque in the walls of the artery. Plaque will create a bump on the artery wall. As Atherosclerosis slowly progresses, that bump will periodically get bigger over time. Once it reaches a significant size, it can create a blockage. The process repeats and goes on throughout the entire body. As a result, not only your heart, but your whole body is at risk for stroke and other multitudes of health problems. The exact cause of Atherosclerosis isn’t known, but it’s a complex, slow disease that can begin in childhood and develops faster as you age. Atherosclerosis is commonly caused by factors that have a chance of damaging the inner layer of the arteries directly such as smoking, high amounts of cholesterol and fat, high blood pressure, and high amounts of sugar which can be due to diabetes. Other risk factors include obesity, lack of physical activity, older age, excess alcohol intake, stress,, or a family history of early heart

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