Why is plaque so dangerous to our hearts?

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Plaque is generally hard on the outside and mushy on the inside. It also tends to crack. When it cracks, it exposes the sticky, soft inside - and platelets in the blood stick to the plaque, resulting in blood clots in the arteries.

The arteries are then so narrow that blood has a difficult time flowing to and from the heart.

The heart has to work harder just to move small amounts of blood, which results in heart damage from the exertion and lack of oxygen - which is supplied by blood.

When this happens, heart attacks can result.

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