Atherosclerotic plaques in coronary arteries may be more aptly described as pimples, initiated by the infiltration of cholesterol into the lining of our arteries. The ending—should blood flow to our heart muscle be cut off by a clot formed by the rupture of one of these inflamed pockets of pus in our arterial lining—is a heart attack.
Nota del Doctor
Cholesterol-induced zits in the lining of our coronary arteries can also occur in other blood vessels. In our head, they can cause a stroke (see my other videos on strokes). In our back, they can cause degenerative disk disease (Cholesterol and Lower Back Pain). In our abdomen, they can cause an aneurysm (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms: Ticking Time Balloons), and in our pelvis, they can cause sexual dysfunction in both men (Atkins Diet: Trouble Keeping It Up) and women (Cholesterol and Female Sexual Dysfunction). Thankfully, Avoiding Cholesterol Is A No Brainer; see Heart Attacks and Cholesterol: Purely a Question of Diet. Trans fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol should be kept to a minimum; see Trans Fat, Saturated Fat, and Cholesterol: Tolerable Upper Intake of Zero. Check out my other videos on heart disease.
Also, be sure to check out my associated blog posts for more context: The Most Anti-Inflammatory Mushroom; Stool Size and Breast Cancer Risk; Plant-Based Diets for Rheumatoid Arthritis; Avoid Carnitine and Lethicin Supplements.