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Are Your Arteries Turning into Bone?

Summary: In diseased arteries, bone-making cells can be found in the lining of arterial walls. And, as you can probably imagine, this is not a healthy process.
Air Date: June 13, 2013
Duration: 10 Minutes
Host: Dr. Michael Smith, MD
Are Your Arteries Turning into Bone?
As you age, an interesting phenomenon happens: you lose bone mass, but your arteries turn into “bone-like tissues.”

Okay, that’s a slight exaggeration; but something similar to the process of bone formation does take place in aging arteries.

In diseased arteries, bone-making cells similar to osteoblasts can literally be found in the lining of arterial walls.

And, as you can probably imagine, this is not a healthy process.

In this segment, Dr. Mike explores how this bodily process has been linked to arterial disease and osteoporosis.

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