Knowing the Atherosclerosis risk factors reduce your chances of having atherosclerosis
When a person has atherosclerosis, the inner walls of the arteries become narrower due to a buildup of plaque.
Plaque results from deposits of fat, cholesterol, and other substances.
These risk factors raise your chances of having atherosclerosis:
- having high blood cholesterol, especially high LDL (“bad cholesterol”) and low HDL (“good cholesterol”) levels aging and being male (women are affected more after menopause)
- having close relatives who had heart disease or a stroke at a relatively young age
- having high blood pressure
- having diabetes
- having trouble managing stress
- being obese
- being physically inactive
The more Atherosclerosis risk factors you have, the more likely it is that you have atherosclerosis. Talk with your health professional about your risks for atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.
In this section
What is Atherosclerosis
Atherosclerosis Risk Factors – You are on this page
What is the Plaque That Causes Atherosclerosis
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