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Light micrograph of the section of a coronary artery with atherosclerosis and thrombosis. Atherosclerosis is the thickening and hardening of the arterial wall due to a buildup of plaque in the artery. As the artery walls thicken, blood flow is reduced and the arteries may eventually become blocked. Thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot (thrombus) in a blood vessel. The clot can reduce blood flow and result in anoxia (oxygen deprivation) and infarction (cell death).
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