Macroangiopathy
Angiopathy means disease of the blood vessels (arteries, veins, and capillaries). There are two types of angiopathy: microangiopathy and macroangiopathy. With microangiopathy, the walls of very small blood vessels (capillaries) become so thick and weak that they bleed, leak protein, and slow the flow of blood. With macroangiopathy, fat and blood clots build up in the large blood vessels, stick to the vessel walls, and block the flow of blood. Three kinds of macroangiopathy are: coronary artery disease (in the heart), cerebrovascular disease (in the brain), and peripheral vascular disease (affecting, for example, vessels in the legs).

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mac·ro·an·gi·op·a·thy -.an-jē-'äp-ə-thē n, pl -thies an angiopathy affecting blood vessels of large and medium size

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mac·ro·an·gi·op·a·thy (mak″ro-an″je-opґə-the) [macro- + angiopathy] angiopathy involving the large blood vessels, as seen in diabetes mellitus and other conditions.

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