Is an accumulation of degenerative material in the inner layer of an artery wall. The material consists of mostly macrophage cells, or debris, containing lipids, calcium and a variable amount of fibrous connective tissue.
Coronary artery disease : The warning sign for atherosclerosis in the heart is chest pain when you’re active, or angina. It's often described as tightness and usually goes away with rest. Other symptoms may include shortness of breath or fatigue.
Cerebrovascular disease: Often, a transient ischemic attack (TIA) may happen before a stroke. Difficulty speaking and weakness on one side are symptoms of strokes and TIAs. The difference: In a TIA, the symptoms go away, usually within an hour, and do not leave permanent brain injury.
Peripheral arterial disease: You’ll have poor circulation in your legs first. Pain in the calf muscles when you walk (your doctor may call it claudication) is the most common symptom. Poor wound healing or fewer pulses in your feet are other signs.