What Is Atherosclerosis?
Atherosclerosis, also referred to as arteriosclerosis, causes a hardening of the arteries due to plaque build-up.
Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances found in the blood.
As plaque builds up, it causes the arteries to narrow and harden, slowing — and even stopping — blood flow.
Arteriosclerosis is a serious condition that can lead to:
- Heart attack
Atherosclerosis risk factors
At the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute, we can screen people for atherosclerosis risk factors and provide treatments to minimize the risks.
Common risk factors for atherosclerosis include:
- A family history of cardiovascular disease
- High blood pressure
Why choose the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute for atherosclerosis care?
The UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute offers standard and minimally invasive approaches to treat:
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