Plaque buildup is made up of fatty deposits and other cells that can build up in the walls of your arteries over time. As plaque continues to build, it can actually narrow or begin to clog arteries. This slow plaque buildup in arteries over time is a progressive disease called atherosclerosis, which often starts in early adulthood. During atherosclerosis, the wall of the artery actually becomes thicker. One major cause is a high level of bad (LDL) cholesterol.
What many people may not realize is that other risk factors in addition to high cholesterol, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, family history of early heart disease, age, obesity, or smoking can also contribute to plaque buildup.
So, if you have high cholesterol plus any of these other risk factors, you could be at increased risk for plaque buildup in your arteries, which is why getting your bad (LDL) cholesterol to goal is important.
Talk to your doctor about prescription CRESTOR.
When diet and exercise alone aren't enough to lower cholesterol, adding CRESTOR can help.
In adults, CRESTOR is prescribed along with diet to lower high cholesterol and to slow plaque buildup in arteries as part of a treatment plan to lower cholesterol to goal.
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