Atherosclerosis is a disease of the heart caused by fat deposits in the walls of blood vessels, mainly the arteries. Atherosclerosis can occur in any artery, but it usually occurs in larger arteries around the area where they branch. The place where atherosclerosis is found most commonly is in the coronary arteries. This disease can occur in anyone, but most commonly is found in males, smokers, people with high cholesterol levels, and people who do
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Aneurysms can occur anywhere in the body, but are most commonly found in abdomen where the aorta is located.
Atherosclerosis is often a preventable disease, but some risk factors cannot be changed. Atherosclerosis often is associated with many other diseases of the heart, and can cause many different problems. By regulating cholesterol levels, weight management, not smoking, and regular exercise, a person can put themselves at a lower risk than people who do the opposite.