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Definition of Arteriosclerosis

By Jules Y. T. Lam, MD, FRCP(C), University of Montreal;Montreal Heart Institute

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Arteriosclerosis is a general term for several disorders that cause thickening and loss of elasticity in the arterial wall. Atherosclerosis, the most common form, is also the most serious and clinically relevant because it causes coronary artery disease and cerebrovascular disease. Nonatheromatous forms of arteriosclerosis include arteriolosclerosis and Mönckeberg arteriosclerosis.

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