surgical removal of the inner lining of an artery that is clogged with atherosclerosis
white blood cell that are responsible for combating infection by parasites in vertebrates
an amino acid normally found in the blood and used by the body to build and maintain tissues
white blood cells, or WBC, form in the bone marrow and are part of the body's nonspecific defenses and the immune system
the two types of white blood cells that are part of the body's immune system: B lymphocytes form in the bone marrow and release antibodies that fight bacterial infections; T lymphocytes form in the thymus and other lymphatic tissue and attack cancer cells, viruses, and foreign substances.
a blood disorder characterized by anemia in which the red blood cells are larger than normal
Necrosis (death) of the myocardium caused by an obstruction in a coronary artery; commonly known as heart attack
A type of white blood cell that engulfs invading microbes and contributes to the nonspecific defenses of the body against disease.
lack of mature erythrocytes caused by inability to absorb vitamin B12 into the body
Vasospasm of the arteries, may be primary or secondary to other collagen diseases such as lupus. Found in the hands and feet producing a triphasic color change, from pallor to cyanosis to rubor. Brought on by cold or emotion. Can lead to dry gangrene
measurement of blood pressure taken when the heart is contracting and forcing blood into the arteries
a blood disease characterized by an abnormally small number of platelets in the blood
a kind of pharmaceutical that can break up clots blocking the flow of blood to the heart muscle
the formation or presence of a thrombus (a clot of coagulated blood attached at the site of its formation) in a blood vessel
Lipids containing a glycerol molecule attached to three fatty acid chains; chemical form in which most fats exist in food and in the body
inflammation of a valve (especially of a cardiac valve as a consequence of rheumatic fever)