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Is arteriolosclerosis serious?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Even though arteriolosclerosis can be prevented and treated, the complications that can arise are serious and life-threatening. When medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure cause damage to the inner and middle layers of arterioles, the blood vessels become clogged and rigid. The plaque that clogs these small arteries can build up and prevent the flow of blood carrying important nutrients and oxygen to organs. As a result, heart disease, carotid artery disease, and arterial disease of the legs and arms can occur.

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