How Would the Hardening of the Arteries Affect the Brain?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 5, 2020 10:18:44 PM ET

Hardening of the arteries, or atherosclerosis, causes plaque to form on the inside of blood vessels, and when the plaque ruptures, fragments flow through blood vessels until they stop and form a blockage. When the fragments reach the brain to form a blockage, stroke results, according to the American Stroke Association.