Early atherosclerotic plaques in vessel wall regress completely when cholesterol levels are lowered

Early but not advanced forms of atherosclerotic plaques in the vessel wall disappear when the levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol are lowered, according to a study in mice. The findings indicate that preventative cholesterol-lowering treatment could prevent more advanced, clinically relevant plaque to develop. Almost half of all deaths worldwide are caused by strokes and heart attacks. The main underlying cause is atherosclerosis, where fat accumulates in the blood vessel walls in the so-called plaques. Atherosclerosis is a progressive disease where advanced and unstable plaques develop over time. When these plaques burst a blood clot is created, which in turn could …read more

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