7 Things That Cause Plaque Buildup in the Arteries

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Plaque buildup in the arteries — called atherosclerosis — causes the arteries to narrow, increasing the risk for heart attack and stroke. But you have the power to prevent, stop, and possibly even reverse plaque buildup with lifestyle changes. Find out what causes dangerous buildup and how to correct it.


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