Flashcards in Atheroma, Thrombosis and Ebolism Deck (41):
What is atherosclerosis?
Degeneration of arterial wall characterised by fibrosis, lipid deposition and inflammation.
-limits blood circulation and predisposes thrombosis.
What are the commonly affected vessels of atherosclerosis?
-Circle of Willis
What are the non-modifiable risk factors of atherosclerosis? (4)
What are the modifiable risk factors of atherosclerosis? (5)
Why does atherosclerosis arise?
Due to chronic injury and repair of the endothelium.
-1st step = endothelial injury
What are the main causes of atherosclerosis? (4)
-Immune complex deposition
Describe the process of atheroma formation.
-Hyperlipidaemia and endothelial injury >> lipid accumulation in intima
-Monocytes ingest the lipid >> foams cells (fatty streak)
-Foam cells secrete chemokines >> attract more monocytes/lymphocytes/smooth muscles cells
-Forms ATHEROSCLEROTIC PLAQUE
What is the structure of an atheromatous plaque?
-Fibrous cap (superficially)
What is the fibrous cap of an atheromatous plaque composed of? (4)
-Smooth muscle cells
What is the necrotic centre of an atheromatous plaque composed of? (4)
What is thrombosis?
Solidification of blood contents in the vessel during life.
How is thrombosis different to a clot? (3)
-Thrombosis is during life, clot is stagnant blood
-Thrombosis is dependent on platelets, clots are enzymatic processes
-Thrombosis is firm, clots are elastic/adopt shape of the vessel
What are platelets?
Fragments of megakaryocytes in the bone marrow.
-circulate in the blood and help form clots
How are platelets activated?
They bind to collagen exposed by endothelial damage >> activation.
What do activated platelets secrete? (2)
-Alpha granules; fibrinogen, fibronectin, PDGF
-Dense granules; chemotactic chemicals
What is Virchow's triad?
The 3 factors required for thrombosis;
-intimal surface of vessel
-blood flow (stasis/turbulence)
-blood constituents (mediators)
How does an arterial thrombus form?
>> loss of endothelial cells
>> exposure of collagen
>> platelet adherence and activation
>> THROMBUS FORMATION
What are the lines of Zahn?
Rib-like markings characteristic of thrombi near the heart or aorta.
What factors contribute to venous thrombosis? (3)
-Intimal changes; valves
-Change in blood flow; immobile
-Change in blood constituents; mediators/FV leiden/oestrogen
What are cardiac thrombi known as?
-occur over areas of endomyocardial injury
What are the main causes of cardiac thrombi? (4)
What is the general sequence of embolism formation?
Occlusion of vessel (thrombus)
>> incorporation into vessel wall
What is an embolus?
A mass of material in the vascular system able to lodge in a vessel and block it.
What are the different types of emboli?
What is the most common emboli?
What are the main risk factors for venous thromboembolism (VTE)?
ACQUIRED - immobility, malignancy, heart failure. oestrogens, obesity, pregnancy
GENETIC - thrombotic disorders
Name 2 genetic disorders that are risk factors for venous thromboembolism.
-Factor V leiden
-Protein S deficiency
What are the clinical effects of venous emboli?
SMALL - usually asymptomatic
MEDIUM - acute respiratory and cardiac failure
LARGE - death ('saddle emboli')
Where do systemic emboli arise? (2)
-Arterial circulation (atheroma)
Where do systemic emboli always travel to?
What do infective emboli usually form from?
Vegetations on infected heart valves.
What can infective emboli lead to?
Mycotic aneurysm formation.
How do tumour emboli form?
Bits may break off a tumour as they penetrate vessels.
Do tumour emboil usually cause immediate physical problems?
What are the main forms of gas emboli?
How does air get into vessels to form gas emboli?
Obstetric procedures/chest wall injury.
->100ml to cause clinical effects
How does nitrogen get into vessels to form gas emboli?
How do amniotic fluid emboli form?
Increased uterine pressure during labour >> AF may enter maternal uterine veins
-can lodge in lung >> respiratory distress
How many patients with significant trauma are found to have fat emboli at post-mortem?
What do far emboli cause?
Sudden onset of respiratory distress.