Given the enormous burden of cardiovascular disease, especially among elderly individuals, it is not surprising that so many approaches have been developed to model these disease processes in animals. The approaches available vary, in part because atherosclerosis and related diseases are such complicated cellular events. With shorter life spans and responses to vascular insults enhanced by dietary influences, these animal models are in some cases particularly well suited for exploring why vascular disease is such a burden within aging populations and why it is so closely associated with accelerated aging processes.

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