Atherosclerosis is a type of arteriosclerosis caused by a build-up of plaque in the inner lining of an artery.
A person with coronary heart disease has an accumulation of fatty deposits in the coronary arteries. These deposits narrow the arteries and can decrease or block the flow of blood to the heart.
Diabetes affects the cardiovascular system, but many problems aren't apparent until a person has a heart attack or stroke.
High cholesterol contributes to heart disease, which kills more Americans than all cancers combined.
Most people who have metabolic syndrome have insulin resistance. This may be a beginning of the development of type 2 diabetes.
Most Americans survive a first heart attack. By taking action, however, they can significantly reduce their chances for a second heart attack.
The most important controllable risk factor for stroke is controlling high blood pressure. Blood pressure of 140/90 or higher can damage the arteries that supply blood to the brain.
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