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Hardening and narrowing of the arteries. Atherosclerosis is the usual cause of heart attacks, strokes, and peripheral vascular disease.




Atheroma in arm, or more often in leg arteries, which produces decreased blood flow is called peripheral artery occlusive disease. Typically, atherosclerosis begins as a thin layer of white streaks on the artery wall (usually due to white blood cells) and progresses from there.  


The first symptom of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease is heart attack or sudden cardiac death.

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