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Atherosclerosis is caused by a buildup of plaque, which is a deposit of fatty substances, cholesterol, cellular waste products, calcium, and fibrin in the inner lining of an artery. As it builds up in the arteries, the artery walls become thickened and stiff1.
Atherosclerosis can occur anywhere in the body, it is the usual cause of heart attacks, strokes, and peripheral vascular disease. The most common symptoms include: Chest pain Pain in any of your limbs Difficulty breathing Fatigue Confusion, when lack of blood in brain Weak muscles2
1. What we do. (2021). Retrieved 3 June 2021, from https://www.world-stroke.org/what-we-do
2. Stroke Signs and Symptoms | cdc.gov. (2021). Retrieved 3 June 2021, from https://www.cdc.gov/stroke/signs_symptoms.htm