Complete Anatomy features in Apple Launch Learn more

Atherosclerosis | Pathologies

Atherosclerosis refers to a condition in which plaque gradually builds up in the wall of an artery.

When fatty deposits containing cholesterol enter the blood vessel walls, immune cells are sent to the site to collect these fatty deposits, and transform them into hard plaque.

This causes the walls to thicken, meaning less blood can flow through them at a time. Atherosclerotic plaques are visible as bulges along the affected artery, and can rupture and form blood clots from within the arteries.

Discover 64 animations of cardiac pathologies and procedures in stunning 3D, as part of 1,500 patient education videos, with our Student Plus, Educator and Professional licenses. Try it for free today.