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- Atherosclerosis is a disease in which plaque builds up inside your arteries.
- Arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood to your heart and other parts of your body.
- Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances found in the blood.
- Over time, plaque hardens and narrows your arteries.
- This limits the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your organs and other parts of your body.
- Atherosclerosis can lead to serious problems, including heart attack, stroke, or even death.
- Atherosclerosis can affect any artery in the body, including arteries in the heart, brain, arms, legs, pelvis, and kidneys.
- There is no doubt that lowering the amount of LDL cholesterol sliding through your bloodstream can reduce your odds of having a heart attack.
- Data from dozens of studies indicate that the chance of being stricken with a heart attack drops 20 percent to 30 percent with effective LDL lowering.