When does plaque start to build up?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Build up of plaque can start as early as childhood when fat is deposited into your arteries. As you get older, the build up can increase as other substances are deposited. The plaque can break off and form a clot, which can block the flow of blood. This is the most common cause of heart attacks. To learn more about plaque and heart health, watch this animation.

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