Atherosclerosis : A Serious Condition

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Atherosclerosis can be a serious condition; it is when the arteries become clogged by fatty substances such as plaques or atheroma. This causes arteries to become narrow and harden which can restrict blood flow preventing organs from functioning properly (Williams 2000). (Getty Images 2015)
There are multiple things that can cause atherosclerosis; being a smoker can cause damage to the walls of the arteries, platelets then clump together to try to repair it this will cause the arteries to become narrow. Smoking can also prevent the blood from being able to carry oxygen around the body which increases the chances of blood clotting. Having a higher fat diet and high cholesterol can cause atherosclerosis because if you eat too high fatty food diet it can cause you to have high levels of low-density lipoprotein, this carries the cholesterol from your liver to the cells that needs it, if there is too much cholesterol the excess can build up in the artery walls which leads to fatty deposits and over time this can partly or completely block the blood supply. Lack of exercise and being overweight or obese will not directly affect your chances of developing atherosclerosis, but contributes to other things that do raise the chances. They are likely to have high blood pressure, they are likely to have high cholesterol because of their diet and more chances of developing type 2 diabetes. Having type 1 or type 2 diabetes causes excess glucose in your blood can damage the walls in the
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