UI Hospitals and Clinics

Atherosclerosis Clinic

Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, occurs when deposits of fatty substances, cholesterol and calcium build up in the lining of an artery. This build-up hardens and is called plaque and can restrict the flow of blood through the artery.

Plaque becomes dangerous when it ruptures, forming clots that can block or stop the flow of blood to body parts. If it blocks the artery to the heart, it is called a heart attack. If it blocks the artery to the brain, it is called a stroke.

Diagnostic steps include:

  • Stress tests
  • CT scan
  • Arteriography
  • Angiography
  • Ultrasound

Treatment options may include:

  • Medication to lower lipids and keep blood sugar and blood pressure under control
  • By-pass surgery
  • Angioplasty with stenting
  • Endarterectomy
  • Minimally invasive surgery

Care Team

Nurse Practitioner

Physician, Internal Medicine

Physician, Surgery