How plaques are formed in a blood vessel?

This animation shows how plaques form in a blood vessel, leading to blockage and a heart attack. Excess circulating fats in the blood stream can build up between the walls of a coronary arteriy. These buildups are referred to as fatty streaks or plaques. If the plaques become large enough, they can push out into the coronary artery itself, creating a blood clot or blockage and possibly a heart attack. Source: HHMI

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Channels: Medical

Tags: plaques

Uploaded by: ( Send Message ) on 04-02-2013.

Duration: 0m 37s