- The pericardium was normal. The heart (400g) was not significantly enlarged.
- All four valves were well formed and apparently functional - there was, however, slight calcification of the leaflets of the aortic valve.
- The myocardium was not significantly thickened but there was a slight pallor in the post-septal area.
- The coronary arteries were patent, but the left coronary artery showed severe atherosclerosis with extensive calcification, especially in the anterior descending branch - see image left. The vessel in the image has been narrowed by over 50%.
- The pulmonary artery of the left lung contains a large thrombo-embolus, which can be clearly seen in the image on the right. It's obscuring, but not completely blocking, the left pulmonary artery, so some blood could still get past it.