Fibrous plaques, also known as atherosclerosis, is a hardening of the arteries caused by a deposit of plaque. The blood vessels known as arteries are responsible for delivering nutrients and oxygen from your heart to the entire body.
Plaque can develop in your arteries as you age as a result of cholesterol, fat, and calcium accumulation. Blood flow through your arteries becomes challenging due to plaque formation. Any artery in your body, including those near your legs, heart, kidneys, and brain, could develop this plaque.
It may cause a lack of blood and oxygen in different bodily tissues. A blood clot may develop as a result of plaque fragments breaking off. Fibrous plaques, if left untreated, may lead to heart attack, heart failure, or stroke, among other disorders.