What are the dangers of arterial plaque?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
As arterial plaque grows, it reduces the nutrient-rich blood supply through the arteries. And when the marshmallow cracks—that is, when the plaque runs out of blood supply—there's a big-time supersonic explosion as a clot fills up the plaque like a bloated tick.

The sudden clot formation, like a scab on any cut, closes off the artery. Think of a six-lane bridge going into a city: If one of the lanes is shut down, traffic can still get through, albeit a little slower. But if an explosion on the bridge takes out all the lanes, no traffic can get through. That's why arterial plaques are so dangerous. No test can tell whether you have just one lane closed or a potential tanker that's waiting to explode.
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