Narrowed blood vessel, artwork

Narrowed blood vessel, artwork

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Credit: PETER GARDINER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Narrowed blood vessel. Cut-away artwork showing a blood vessel that is partially blocked by atheroma. Atheroma is the deposition of fatty material on the inner walls of a blood vessel. This can greatly reduce the size of the lumen (inner space) and so causes a reduction in blood flow (ischaemia) to the tissue supplied by the vessel. If the atheroma blocked an artery leading to the heart it would cause a heart attack.

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