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Artwork of atherosclerosis in coronary arteries

Artwork of atherosclerosis in coronary arteries

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BSIP DUCLOUX / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY BSIP DUCLOUX / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Coronary atherosclerosis. Artwork based on a resin cast of the blood vessels of the heart, showing atherosclerosis. The coronary arteries (red, at lower frame) supply blood to the heart tissue. However atherosclerosis, arterial narrowing, has developed in one of the arteries resulting in reduced blood supply (yellow) and tissue death (purple). The narrowing is due to the deposition of a fatty plaque of atheroma in the inner lining of the artery and may lead to heart attack (myocardial infarction). The coronary veins are coloured blue. Casts are taken by pumping liquid resin into the heart's blood vessels which then sets. Extra tissue is removed using acid.

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