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Figure 1: (a) Histopathological preparation of a carotid atherosclerotic plaque colored with CD31 endothelial-specific stain (brown) showing the close correlation between plaque vascularization and the inflammatory response. (b) Histopathological preparation of a carotid atherosclerotic plaque colored with CD31 endothelial-specific stain (brown) showing larger microvessels (red arrows) and areas of plaque hemorrhage.