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Atherosclerosis

What Is Atherosclerosis?

Atherosclerosis, sometimes referred to as arteriosclerosis, is the hardening and narrowing of the arteries and a leading cause of illness and death in the United States. This document provides an overview of causes, risk factors, symptoms, prevention and treatments.

Review Date: January 15, 2013

NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - NHLBI