Atherosclerosis, light micrograph

Atherosclerosis, light micrograph

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Credit: Pr. R. ABELANET - CNRI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Atherosclerosis. Light micrograph of a section through part of a human artery with atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a build-up of fatty plaques on the walls of arteries. The fibrolipid atheroma plaque seen here is composed of areas of fatty and fibrous tissue. This narrows the lumen of vessel (not visible), causing reduced or irregular blood flow. Atherosclerosis also increases the chance of clot formation, which can block a coronary artery resulting in heart attack, or a brain artery causing a stroke.

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