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Computer artwork of a blood clot

Blood clot. Computer artwork of a blood clot, showing disc-like red blood cells and fibrin. Fibrin (yellow fibres) is a long insoluble protein produced from the blood protein fibrinogen. Platelets in the blood (not shown) release chemicals which effect this conversion when they come across an injury in the vessel wall. The tangles of fibrin fibres trap red blood cells (red), and this causes the clot (thrombus), which covers and protects the injury. Clots can also form inside blood vessels when there is an abnormal tendency of the blood to clot (thrombosis). This can cause strokes and heart attacks

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Blood Blood Clot Clot Fibrin In Blood Clot In Clot Process Red Blood Cell Red Blood Cells Thrombus

This computer artwork showcases the intricate details of a blood clot, shedding light on its essential role in our body's defense mechanism. The image reveals disc-like red blood cells and vibrant yellow fibrin fibers, which are crucial components of this natural process. Fibrin, an insoluble protein derived from fibrinogen, plays a vital role in creating the mesh-like structure that forms around injuries within blood vessels. In response to vessel wall damage, platelets release chemicals that trigger the conversion of fibrinogen into fibrin. This transformation leads to the formation of tangles made up of fibrin fibers that act as traps for red blood cells. As these cells get ensnared by the web-like structure, they contribute to the creation of a protective clot known as a thrombus. While clots serve as guardians against further injury and promote healing when formed at appropriate times and locations, their abnormal occurrence can lead to serious health complications such as strokes or heart attacks due to thrombosis. This thought-provoking artwork not only highlights the complexity and beauty inherent in our anatomy but also serves as a reminder of how delicate balance is necessary for optimal health. Through scientific exploration and visual representation like this piece from Science Photo Library, we gain deeper insights into our own bodies' remarkable processes.

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