More About How a Heart Attack Occurs
A 3-D animation that shows how plaques form in a blood vessel, leading to blockage and a heart attack.
How a Heart Attack Occurs Background
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.
From Lecture One of the 2004 Holiday Lectures Series "The Science of Fat."
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The 2004 Holiday Lectures Series "The Science of Fat"
How a Heart Attack Occurs Credits
Animation courtesy of Merck Research Laboratories, Merck & Co., Inc.