LM of a cross-section through an atheroma plaque

LM of a cross-section through an atheroma plaque

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Caption: Light micrograph of a cross-section through an atheroma plaque in a human coronary artery. The original wall of the artery is the pale band running from left to right. It has been bent into a saucer shape by the plaque (top). The plaque itself is composed of the fatty material cholesterol (stained red) and fibrous connective tissue (pale areas). In addition to physically narrowing & blocking the arteries, atheroma plaques may provoke thrombus (clot) formation, leading to a myocardial infarction or heart attack. Atherosclerosis is common in affluent societies; diets rich in animal fats, smoking and lack of exercise are all contributing factors.

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Keywords: arteriosclerosis, arteriosclerotic vascular disease, artery, asvd, atheroma, atheroma plaque, atherosclerosis, cardiac, condition, coronary atheroma, disease, disorder, healthcare, heart, light micrograph, medical, medicine, plaque

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