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2. Cholesterol and Your Heart

To understand how cholesterol affects your cardiovascular health, it helps to understand the workings of your heart and vascular system.
The Heart
Think of your heart as a pump, about the size of a fist and weighing only 8 to 10 ounces. It consists of two upper chambers (the left and right

2. Cholesterol and Your Heart

To understand how cholesterol affects your cardiovascular health, it helps to understand the workings of your heart and vascular system.
The Heart
Think of your heart as a pump, about the size of a fist. It consists of two upper chambers (the left and right atria) and two lower chambers (the left

The Circle of Willis and Its Role in Ischemic Strokes

The Circle of Willis and Its Role in Ischemic Strokes

The circle of Willis is a continuous loop of arteries in the brain that provides collateral circulation. When you turn your head from side-to-side or up and down, the arteries in your neck stretch and flex. In the process, they may become compressed, which restricts blood flow. You don’t faint

Clogged Arteries? Not All Arterial Plaque is Equally Dangerous

Many people know that plaque can build up in the walls of arteries and cause a heart attack. As the core of the blood vessel gradually grows narrower, blood flow is increasingly restricted. If the plaque grows large enough to obstruct blood flow, a heart attack will occur. Many people

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