Art of hearts
Today is Valentine’s Day, a day to celebrate love, romance and, well, all that romantic stuff. At least that’s the idea. For some, alas, Valentine’s is as bittersweet as the box of chocolates that never arrives. It’s a time instead to recollect lost loves – and maybe eat a pint of Haagen Daz chocolate ice cream.
Or not. A pint of HD chocolate contains 1,080 calories and 72 grams of fat, 44 of them the saturated kind. That level of consumption can lead to a different sort of heartache, maybe the kind represented by the lovely scanning electron micrograph above of a blood clot, taken by John Weisel at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
In this false color image, red blood cells are depicted in red, leukocytes (a kind of white blood cell involved in fighting infections) in green, platelet aggregates (cell fragments that form clots) are gray and the stringy stuff is fibrin, an insoluble protein that holds blood clots together.
Absence (of this mess) is what makes the heart grow fonder. Or at least healthier.