Hardening of the Arteries
Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, happens when fat and cholesterol deposits build up on artery walls. The deposits harden, forming plaque that stiffens and narrows the walls. This condition also is called arteriosclerosis.
If pieces of the built-up plaque break off and block blood vessels, heart attack or stroke may occur. Atherosclerosis may cause blood clots, which can limit blood flow and damage the heart, lungs or brain.
Treatment of Atherosclerosis
Specialists at the Heart and Vascular Institute at Abington Health are highly experienced with advanced technology for diagnosing and treating conditions related to hardening of the arteries, including coronary artery disease and carotid artery disease.
Monitoring cholesterol and blood pressure levels, making lifestyle changes and taking medications may help. Depending on the underlying condition, several types of surgeries can treat atherosclerosis.