I completed a watercolor painting of the heart and the major structures within the heart. I also made a diagram that shows the progression of heart disease from no issues to a complete blockage from plaque in the arteries of the heart. By not having adequate blood flow to the heart and rest of the body oxygen and vital nutrients doesn’t flow to the body as much and can kill victims depending on severity.


  1. Michael’s project covers two objectives we discussed this semester, which are “Know the path of blood through the heart and circulatory system,” and “Explain the structure and function of the heart.” These objectives are covered by a painting that shows the structure of the heart, blood flow, and shows what happens to the arteries of the heart with heart disease.
    Michael’s research shows and describes what happens with heart disease. Plaque builds up in the arteries of the heart, which restricts the flow of blood that is carrying gasses and nutrients to get through to where it needs to go. It becomes dangerous because it can cause strokes or heart attacks. There are treatments to help prevent heart disease from worsening. Those treatments include lifestyle changes, dietary changes medications, surgery, stents, pacemakers, or ablation, depending on how severe the condition is. Lifestyle and dietary changes are exercising more and eating healthier. Medications like blood thinners can help by letting blood get through the small, clogged arteries. Stents can be placed in arteries to expand the walls, and a pacemaker can be put in to normalize heart beats. Even though there are many treatment options, heart disease is still the leading cause of death for men in the United States.
    This is a very well done project.

    Reese Sam-Marks

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