AccessMedicine's Case of the Week: Cardiovascular Disorders

From: Pathophysiology of Disease Cases: Cardiovascular Disorders: Vascular Disease: Atherosclerosis

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A 65-year-old woman presents to the clinic to establish care. Her past medical history is notable for type 2 diabetes and hypertension. She has a 45-pack-year smoking history. A few weeks ago, she was shoveling her driveway when she had to stop owing to tightness in her chest. She does not get any regular exercise because her calves become very painful after walking one block.


A. What is the likely diagnosis?

B. What is the pathogenesis of this condition?

C. What are this patient’s rick factors, and how do they contribute to the development of atherosclerosis? 

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Julie Grishaw, ACNP

Senior Editor, McGraw-Hill Education