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Health Tip: Know Your Risk Factors for Atherosclerosis

Health Tip: Know Your Risk Factors for Atherosclerosis

04/11/12

(HealthDay News) -- Atherosclerosis, sometimes called hardening of the arteries, occurs when sticky fat deposits called plaque adhere to the walls of blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood throughout the body. These deposits limit blood flow and can lead to heart attack or stroke.

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says risk factors for developing atherosclerosis include:

  • Above-normal amounts of LDL ("bad") cholesterol, low levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
  • Smoking and being overweight.
  • Having diabetes or being resistant to insulin.
  • Getting insufficient exercise.
  • Eating an unhealthy diet.
  • Getting older.
  • Having family members who developed heart disease at a young age.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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