An infarction is an area of tissue that has died as a result of insufficient oxygen to maintain its viability, usually caused by atherosclerosis giving rise to an obstruction of blood supply to the tissue. Coronary artery occlusion can cause myocardial infarction. Carotid or intracerebral artery occlusion can cause a stroke by cerebral infarction. Infarctions can also occur in the intestines, kidneys, spleen, or other organs by the same mechanism.
References and Readings
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