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Medical Illustration of Atherosclerosis

Did you know that the consequences of arteriosclerosis are the leading cause of death in Western industrialised nations, even more so than cancer? After already doing a series of illustrations for the Winterthur Hospital about vascular diseases and treatments I now created an illustration that shows specifically atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a plaque build-up made up of cholesterol, fatty substances, cellular waste products, calcium and fibrin, inside the arteries that restricts blood flow, preventing the organs and tissues from getting the oxygenated blood they need to function.

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