What Is Atherosclerotic Calcification?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 25, 2020 8:00:43 AM ET

Atherosclerotic calcification is another name for arteriosclerosis, a hardening of the arteries that occurs when cholesterol, or plaque, becomes deposited on the walls of arteries, as eMedicineHealth explains. As the walls of the arteries are covered with plaque, the available space in the artery for blood flow shrinks.