Atherosclerosis, occurs when fat, cholesterol, and other substances build up in the walls of arteries and form hard structures called plaques. Over time, plaque buildup narrows the arteries and makes them stiffer. These changes make it harder for blood to flow through them.

Clots may form in these narrowed arteries and block blood flow. Pieces of plaque can also break off and move to smaller blood vessels, blocking them. In both cases, the blockage starves tissues of blood and oxygen, which can result in damage or tissue death.

Atherosclerosis can lead to serious problems, including heart attack, stroke, or even death.

Atherosclerosis Services + Programs

The Healthy Heart Program at St. Paul’s Hospital diagnoses and advises treatment for patients with metabolic risk factors for atherosclerosis.  Services include the assessment and treatment of all risk factors and family screening. Individual education, support and guidance are offered to help patients reduce their risk factors

Atherosclerosis Resources + Organizations