Holy Heart Attack, Batman!

Heart attacks are initiated by the clotting of arteries. To better predict heart attacks, then, doctors have to know what causes the clots to form. As the video shows, the build-up of atheroma (the clotting agent) is reminiscent of some of the non-linear systems we’ve studied. Somewhat like the DLA models we studied, the build-up of blood platelets forms a cluster that makes further aggregation more likely. I suspect that this non-linearity makes heart attacks especially hard to predict. Certain factors increase one’s risk for heart attacks, but no individual is 100% safe.

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