Atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease that develops in the walls of arteries. The term was first used in 1908 by pathologists to describe what they saw in the arteries of people who had died of various causes. Atheroma is the Greek word for a “tumor full of pus that is like gruel” and sclerosis means to harden. It is primarily pus and cholesterol filled abscesses in the walls of arteries that scar and “harden” artery walls.
Atherosclerosis is the most common cause of death worldwide!