Atherosclerosis is a many-headed hydra i.e. it is a single disease process that can cause many complications as any artery in the body can be affected. It starts at a young age and the process of narrowing and hardening of the arteries progresses slowly over decades, usually without any symptoms. There is no cure for the disease, but it can be prevented, the onset can be delayed and the complications can be avoided through proper management. Consult your doctor if you are at risk of developing atherosclerosis.
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If you have one or more risk factors for atherosclerosis, your doctor may recommend tests to diagnose it. Blood cholesterol level is often used to diagnose atherosclerosis. People with elevated bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) are at a higher risk of atherosclerosis. Some other newer tests can detect atherosclerosis.
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Consult your doctor if you have any symptom suggestive of some significant medical problem such as:
Early detection of atherosclerosis and start of treatment (lifestyle changes and if needed medications) can prevent many of the complications related to atherosclerosis.
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