Cardiovascular Disease

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The formation of blood clots in atherosclerotic arteries results in myocardial infarction and stroke. New research at LMU now demonstrates that low doses of agents developed to treat leukemia can selectively inhibit atherosclerotic ...

Apr 10, 2018
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AHA: smart ways to get a workout at work

It's no secret that Americans need to move more. Yet our jobs often require us to sit for eight to 10 hours a day—at home, the office or behind the wheel—often getting up only for lunch and trips to the bathroom.

Apr 03, 2018
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Western diet depletes artery-protecting immune cells

New research from scientists at the La Jolla Institute For Allergy and Immunology shows how a diet high in fat and cholesterol depletes the ranks of artery-protecting immune cells, turning them into promoters of inflammation, ...

Mar 21, 2018
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Cardiovascular disease or heart disease are a class of diseases that involve the heart or blood vessels (arteries and veins). While the term technically refers to any disease that affects the cardiovascular system (as used in MeSH C14), it is usually used to refer to those related to atherosclerosis (arterial disease). These conditions usually have similar causes, mechanisms, and treatments.

Cardiovascular diseases remain the biggest cause of deaths worldwide, though over the last two decades, cardiovascular mortality rates have declined in many high-income countries but have increased at an astonishingly fast rate in low- and middle-income countries. The percentage of premature deaths from cardiovascular disease range from 4% in high-income countries to 42% in low-income countries. More than 17 million people died from cardiovascular diseases in 2008. Each year, heart disease kills more Americans than cancer. In recent years, cardiovascular risk in women has been increasing and has killed more women than breast cancer. (PDAY) showed vascular injury accumulates from adolescence, making primary prevention efforts necessary from childhood.

By the time that heart problems are detected, the underlying cause (atherosclerosis) is usually quite advanced, having progressed for decades. There is therefore increased emphasis on preventing atherosclerosis by modifying risk factors, such as healthy eating, exercise, and avoidance of smoking.

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