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A-level PE - Unit 1: Participation in Sport and Recreation: Atherosclerosis

Resources to support A-level PE, Unit 1

Academic Journal Articles



Atherosclerosis is a potentially serious condition where arteries become clogged up by fatty substances, such as cholesterol. These substances are called plaques or atheromas.

The plaques cause affected arteries to harden and narrow which is potentially dangerous for two reasons:

  • restricted blood flow can damage organs and stop them functioning properly
  • if a plaque ruptures, it can cause a blood clot that blocks the blood supply to the heart – triggering a heart attack, or the brain – triggering a stroke.

Atherosclerosis Videos

How cholesterol clogs your arteries (atherosclerosis)

Preventing and reducing High Cholesterol

How atherosclerosis develops

Peripheral arterial disease


Atherosclerosis Quizlet

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