Published in Blood Weekly, December 13th, 2001
The bits of biological debris, called emboli, include blood clots, clumps of cells, tiny pieces of tissue, and calcified materials from the fatty deposits in artery walls that cause coronary artery disease. Emboli increase a patient's risk of heart attack and death during angioplasty or afterward because they can jam an artery elsewhere in the heart and shut off the flow of blood there.
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