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Health Tip: Understanding Risk Factors for Hardening Arteries
High cholesterol often plays a major role
-- Diana Kohnle
(HealthDay News) -- Atherosclerosis, the medical term for hardening of the arteries, occurs when the arteries narrow and become rigid. Left undetected or untreated, one or more of these vessels may become completely blocked.
The American Academy of Family Physicians explains these risk factors:
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