Arteriosclerosis is a disease that affects the arterial blood vessel. Arteriosclerosis may be one of the most easily preventable diseases of modern times in the 40 to 70 age group.
Arteriosclerosis is synonymous to coronary heart disease. Coronary heart disease, or coronary artery disease, is the narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart. This condition results from the accumulation of fatty substance and plaque in the arteries. As the coronary arteries narrow, the flow of blood to the heart slows down or stops resulting in chest pain, or angina, shortness of breath, or heart attack.