What Is Atherosclerosis?

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Atherosclerosis is a chronic disease that can beginning in childhood or adolescence. Atherosclerosis is defined as a buildup of fatty material, such as cholesterol, in the walls of blood vessels. There are three progressive states of excess fatty material in the blood vessel walls: fatty streak, intermediate lesion, and a fibrous lesion. A fatty streak is a line of yellow fatty material in the blood vessel wall, and as the streak becomes larger it is then called an intermediate lesion then a fibrous lesion. A fibrous lesion can be occlusive of non-occlusive. The occlusive lesion forms under the endothelium of the blood vessel and grows towards the lumen of the blood vessel cause the lumen to become smaller. A non-occlusive lesion forms under
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