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Courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho.
Figure 1 and Figure 2 show the normal smooth appearance of the large blood vessel (aorta) that carries blood from the heart.
Figure 3 shows a narrowed and abnormal aorta from the buildup of calcium and fat (cholesterol) in the inner lining of the artery, often called "hardening of the arteries" (atherosclerosis).
Last Revised: June 13, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & George Philippides, MD - Cardiology
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