Ask the Nutritionist: What is atherosclerosis and how is it related to heart disease?
Nutritionist Heather Reese: Atherosclerosis is otherwise known as the hardening of the arteries and it is a form of heart disease. This condition occurs when the lining of the walls of the arteries thicken with deposits of fat and plaque. This build-up causes a narrowing and sometimes a complete blockage of the arteries, which can cause a heart attack if left untreated. A diet that is high in saturated and trans fat can contribute to atherosclerosis.
Published On: February 27, 2007