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What you should know about atherosclerosis

Approximately 75% of acute myocardial infarctions (heart attacks) occur from plaque rupture brought on by atherosclerosis. The highest incidence of plaque rupture happens in men over 45; in women, the incidence increases after age 50. This gender difference in atherosclerosis prevalence is thought to be due to the protective function of female sex hormones, which decline after menopause.

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