Heart Disease Risk Factors: Beyond the Big 5

Heart rate monitor Dr. Gordon uses for physical exams. There's a ceramic heart next to it because he is a Cardiologist and throughout the website you will see many hearts!

I often tell my patients that two things are needed for atherosclerotic plaque to form in their arteries. First, they need inflammation or damage to the endothelium, the single cell layer inside their blood vessels. Second, they need oxidized cholesterol particles, predominantly LDL.

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