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ATHEROSCLEROSIS DISEASE: A MULTI-FACTORIAL PATHOLOGY

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Author(s): Marcieli da Luz Giroldo1; Arienne Serrano Alves1; Francielle Baptista1

Journal: SaBios : Revista de Sa├║de e Biologia
ISSN 1980-0002

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 32;
Date: 2007;
Original page

ABSTRACT
Atherosclerosis or arterial stiffening is a gradual disease that restricts the normal blood flow in different areas of body and maylead to secondary illnesses as myocardial infarction and cerebral stroke. Innumerable factors are related to the development ofatherosclerosis, among them are the dyslipidemia; genetic factors; arterial hypertension; diabetes mellitus; obesity; smoking;lack of exercise; pulmonary infection by Chlamydia and stress. Due to multi-factorial atherosclerosis characteristics,innumerable drugs, with differentiated mechanisms of action, are being elaborated to be used in prevention and control of thisdisease. However, beyond the pharmacological therapy, a balanced diet, physical activity and elimination of risk habits, assmoking, also are need for controlling atherosclerosis progression, as well as for the increase of expectative and quality of life
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