Atheroma burden in the descending aorta and aortic root in association with sepsis and duration of chronic inflammation. (A) Representative images of descending aorta with atheroma burden. The atheroma burden was recorded at 1 day, 3 months (3 m) and 5 months (5 m) after surgery. (B) Representative images of aortic root atheroma burden at similar time points. *P < 0.05 compared to the time-matched sham-treated groups. CLP, Cecal ligation and puncture.