hardening of the arteries


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hardening of the arteries

n.
Thickening and loss of elasticity of the arteries characteristic of arteriosclerosis and especially atherosclerosis.

hardening of the arteries

Atherosclerosis, see there.

hardening of the arteries

See ARTERIOSCLEROSIS and ATHEROSCLEROSIS.
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Q I'VE been told I have hardening of the arteries in my legs and that I need to give up smoking.
These deposits indicate the onset of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, and are detectable years before a person experiences chest pain or has a heart attack.
The arteries can become blocked by a process called atheroscolerosis (hardening of the arteries), resulting in a loss of blood supply to a part of the heart - a heart attack.
Yerba mate has become increasingly popular despite its grassy taste because of health claims ranging from cancer-fighting ability to prevention of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. "Yerba mate tea has the same energizing effect as coffee, but has a smoother balance stimulant effect and it lasts longer," Heck said.
Characterized by hardening of the arteries that supply blood to the legs and feet, peripheral vascular disease can damage nerves and other tissues.
Number of stays by circulatory disease: hardening of the arteries (1.2 mil) and congestive heart failure (1.1 mil) were the lead causes, followed by nonspecific chest pain, heart attack and irregular heart beat ranging from 846,000 to 694,000 stays.
In November 2005, Siegel faulted the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids for asserting that "as little as 30 minutes of exposure to secondhand smoke can trigger harmful cardiovascular changes, such as increased blood clotting, that increase the risk of a heart attack." The following April, Siegel counted 65 anti-smoking groups that were attributing various adverse cardiovascular consequences, included hardening of the arteries and heart attacks, to a half-hour of second-hand smoke.
However, the 78-year-old "mercy-killing" pathologist is petitioning Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm for mercy, for an even earlier release, based on claims of various health problems, including diabetes, hardening of the arteries, and vertigo.
The authors say that both hearing and vision normally decline with aging; however, certain risk factors, such as cigarette smoking, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), and oxidative stress may contribute to both conditions.
Ozawa said doctors told him they found ''some age-linked hardening of the arteries but nothing dangerous or worrisome,'' brushing aside concern that his health might drag on the future of Japan's No.
They also contain calcium, potassium, zinc, selenium, folate and niacin, together with linolenic acid, which helps prevent hardening of the arteries. Pumpkin seeds, and the oil they contain, have long been used in folk medicine.
Some of the major problems that can arise in relation to the circulation include hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis), blockages, and spasms.