This medical animation shows an angioplasty procedure with the use of balloon and
stent. This medical device is used to widen the narrowed artery due to atherosclerotic
plaque build-up within the artery.
Atherosclerosis (ASVD) is the condition in which an artery wall thickens as the result
of a build-up of fatty materials such as cholesterol. It is a syndrome affecting
arterial blood vessels, a chronic inflammatory response in the walls of arteries,
in large part due to the accumulation of macrophage white blood cells and promoted
by low-density lipoproteins (plasma proteins that carry cholesterol and triglycerides)
without adequate removal of fats and cholesterol from the macrophages by functional
high density lipoproteins. It is caused by the formation of multiple plaques within
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