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The Process of Atherosclerosis

Many diseases can affect the heart, but the most common one is atherosclerosis. The word was first introduced in 1904 and is derived from two Greek words: athera, meaning “porridge” or “gruel”; and scleros, meaning “hard.” One of the earliest signs of atherosclerosis is called the “fatty streak.” These lesions are made up of specialized white blood cells that have eaten up (phagocytized) cholesterol. In the developed world, the process of atherosclerosis begins in childhood. We are still unraveling what happens […]