This cholesterol model serves to elucidate both the structure and destructive potential of cholesterol in the cardiovascular system. In the rings of the model are some of the most common cholesterol-induced cardiovascular diseases: Coronary Artery Disease, Peripheral Artery Disease, Stroke, and High Blood Pressure. Although cholesterol is necessary for metabolic processes, when left unchecked, it can wreak havoc on one of our most important organ systems.

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  1. The objective of Thomas’ piece appears to be a model of the most common cholesterol-induced cardiovascular-induced cardiovascular diseases: coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. The structure shows the damage that can potentially occur. In the blood pressure structure, if you have high blood pressure, it appears the walls may become damaged and have a plaque buildup. Coronary artery disease can cause plaque that obstructs blood flow or near complete blockage. Peripheral artery disease appears to be narrowing blood vessels, constricting blood flow. The stroke appears to be showing the brain damaged, interrupting it of its blood supply. This example proves how important it is to take care of our bodies and shows examples of what can happen if we don’t continue to live a healthy lifestyle, potentially risking our lives.

    Shirley Harness

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