URL of this page: //www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/imagepages/18020.htm

Developmental process of atherosclerosis

Developmental process of atherosclerosis

Overview

The development of arterial atherosclerosis may occur when deposits of cholesterol and plaque accumulate at a tear in the inner lining of an artery. As the deposits harden and occlude the arterial lumen, blood flow to distant tissues decreases and a clot may become lodged, completely blocking the artery.

Update Date 5/13/2014