Atherosclerosis is the major killing and disabling disease of adults in the developed world. It is a condition which occurs in everybody as age advances, and must be closely related to the biological process of ageing. On the other hand, atherosclerosis and its clinical complications may appear prematurely or in an unusually advanced degree in younger people. Often such people have certain inherited or acquired features in common. It is useful to consider atherosclerosis as a disease which is related to an intrinsic age-related process but which is modified by hereditary or environmental influences.


Peripheral Vascular Disease Clinical Complication Advanced Degree Arterial Lesion Human Atherosclerosis 
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© R. W. Stout 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Queen’s University of BelfastUK

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