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Atherosclerosis

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Definition: Atherosclerosis is a disorder in which arteries become clogged or narrowed due to abnormal fat deposits. The fat is first deposited on the inside of the artery walls and then hardens and calcifies. This leads to complications with coronary artery disease and other cardiovascular problems.

Examples: There are many risk factors for atherosclerosis but the biggest two risk factors multiply the risk fourfold with hyperlipidemia, and seven times with hypertension and cigarette smoking together.

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