Animal Models of Atherosclerosis

A variety of animal models have been used to study atherosclerosis since the first description of atherosclerosis in rabbits in the early years of the twentieth century (Anitschkow, 1914). Each model differs with respect to variables such as the length of time to development of lesions, similarity to human pathology, and the requirements for supplementation to induce atherosclerosis, and as such it is clear that a single ideal model for analyzing atherosclerosis does not exist. At the present time, a number of animal models of atherosclerosis, such as canines and pigeons, are primarily of historical interest and are not discussed here.

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Your heart pumps blood throughout your body using a network of tubing called arteries and capillaries which return the blood back to your heart via your veins. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart beats.Learn more...

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