Hyperplastic Arteriosclerosis at 20x Magnification
Blood flow can be seriously hindered by arteriosclerosis, which can result in various consequences. When arteriosclerosis affects the blood vessels of the kidneys, increased blood pressure, fluid retention, and even failure of the organs may occur. Hardening and thickening of the cerebral blood vessels can cause strokes, and if the arteries of the heart are affected, myocardial infarction may occur. On the other hand, lameness and ulceration may develop if the peripheral arteries of the body experience arteriosclerosis. Such serious health problems associated with the condition have made arteriosclerosis a key medical concern, and in recent years there have been significant efforts to make the general public more aware of its potential causes and risks.