Vessel in the coronary artery
Detailed view of narrowing

Arteriosclerosis is the major cause of most cardiovascular diseases

Arteriosclerosis is when the arteries are pathologically changed by

  • Fat storage
  • Hardening
  • Calcification
  • Inflammatory processes.

Deposits (so-called plaques) arise in the walls of the arteries, which narrow the vessel and, under certain circumstances, may even totally occlude it. It becomes dangerous if a plaque bursts. In this case, a blood clot may form, which totally occludes the artery.