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How does high cholesterol contribute to angina?

The narrowing, or atherosclerosis, that occurs in the arteries happens when deposits called plaques build up inside the arteries. Cholesterol is part of these plaques, so having high "bad" cholesterol can increase the atherosclerosis that occurs in the arteries. This can limit blood flow to the heart, causing angina.


Picture of plaque in coronary artery

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