Atherosclerosis is the most common cause of death in developed countries. It is the deposition of cholesterol and fatty material, or plaque deposits, on the inner walls of arteries. Most heart attacks and strokes are caused by these fatty deposits breaking free of the artery wall, then lodging downstream and blocking blood flow.
Atherosclerosis can be treated, but only half of heart attack and stroke victims show any symptoms of the disease before experiencing a life-threatening event. Most cardiovascular disease is related to plaque buildup and blood pressure does not identify plaque buildup in arteries.
Cholesterol levels and blood pressure tests do not provide a complete picture of cardiovascular health
Early assessment is key to prevention through proactive lifestyle modification, physician care and ongoing monitoring. However, blood pressure and cholesterol monitoring are only partial indicators of cardiovascular health. Most cardiovascular disease is related to plaque buildup and inflammation within the arteries (atherosclerosis).
Cholesterol levels and blood pressure tests do not show plaque buildup