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What is atherosclerosis?

Atherosclerosis is a condition where a waxy substance forms inside the arteries that supply blood to your heart. This substance, called plaque, is made of cholesterol, fatty compounds, calcium and fibrin (a blood-clotting material). Scientists think atherosclerosis begins when the very inner lining of the artery is damaged. High-blood pressure, high levels of cholesterol, fat and triglycerides in the blood and smoking are believed to lead to the development of plaque. Atherosclerosis may continue for years without causing symptoms.

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