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T – Thoracic Aorta: The Superior Thoracic Artery arises from the first part of the thoracic aorta.

H – Highest Intercostal Artery: It is also known as the Highest Intercostal Artery, as it usually originates from the first or second intercostal space.

O – Origin: Remember that the Superior Thoracic Artery originates from the thoracic aorta, near the aortic arch.

R – Rib Branches: It gives off branches that supply the upper ribs and intercostal spaces.

A – Axillary Artery: The Superior Thoracic Artery is one of the branches of the axillary artery.

C – Costocervical Trunk: It is part of the costocervical trunk, which also gives rise to the deep cervical artery.

I – Intercostal Spaces: The artery primarily supplies blood to the first and second intercostal spaces.

C – Collateral Circulation: It can serve as a collateral pathway for blood flow if other arteries supplying the thoracic region are compromised.

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