Glossary

Glossary

Glossary

Artery

A blood vessel (a tube-like structure) that carries blood away from the heart.

Carotid Arteries

The arteries that extend from the main artery (aortic arch) coming directly from the heart and supply oxygen rich blood to the brain.

Cholesterol

A type of fat that circulates in the blood and plays a role in the creation of blockages in arteries. Cholesterol originates in foods that are rich in animal fat.  

Femoral

Relating to the thigh.

Plaque

A build-up of fatty deposits, calcium, and/or cell debris in an artery that leads to narrowing of the artery.  

Stent

An expandable, metallic tubular shaped device that provides support for a vessel. 

Ultrasound

A non-invasive test using sound waves to determine the presence of arterial narrowing.

Vein

A blood vessel (a tube-like structure) that carries blood that is low in oxygen from the body back to the heart.