Focus on Atherosclerosis Research

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Nova Publishers, 2004 - Medical - 258 pages
Atherosclerosis is a degenerative condition in which arteries build up deposits called plaques (atheromas) which consist of lipids (mainly cholesterol), connective tissue and smooth muscle cells originating from the arterial wall. Plaques develop quietly over a period of years and are unnoticeable until there is an interruption in the normal flow of blood. Plaques may partially or totally block the blood's flow through an artery. Two things that can happen where plaques occur are: bleeding (hemorrhage) into the plaque; and formation of a blood clot (thrombus) on the plaque's surface. Atherosclerosis affects large and medium-sized arteries. The type of artery and where the plaque develops varies with each person. Atherosclerosis research has witnessed startling progress in recent years, partially due to new drugs as well as to new breakthroughs in molecular medicine.
 

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Contents

The Role of Infection in Atherosclerosis
1
Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Diseases
37
Childhood Risk Factors Predict Adult Risk Associated with Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease and Strategies for Prevention The Bogalusa Heart Study
63
A Role for Chlamydia pneumoniae in Atherosclerosis Fact or Fiction?
73
Oxidized LowDensity Lipoprotein Complexed with 𝛽2Glycoprotein I as a Common Metabolic Form in Atherogenesis and AutoimmuneMediated At...
91
Impact of Lipoprotein Metabolism on Extreme Longevity
115
Fatty Acids Determinants of Endothelial Function Inflammation Insulin Resistance and Atherosclerosis
133
Involvement of Endothelial Dysfunction in Atherogenesis
165
Oxidative Stress Hypothesis of Atherosclerosis
185
Vascular Oxidant Stress and Endothelial Dysfunction in Hyperhomocysteinemia
215
Index
253
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