leads to stenotic or occlusive arterial lesions, predisposing to symptomatic end-organ ischemia.
Pumpkin seeds, cashews and walnuts keep blood pressure in check with stabilizing magnesium and good fats to limit arterial inflammation
. Lastly, dark chocolate: Choose 70 percent cocoa or bittersweet chocolate and indulge in a half-ounce twice a day two to three times a week with berries, which contain health-boosting antioxidants.
It has been detected in human atheroma and has lead to the concept that it could be the link between Cp, arterial inflammation
, and atherosclerosis.23 Pesonen et al found that infection by Cp was associated with coronary obstruction.24
"The HIV-infected patients, essentially with total virological suppression and very low Framingham Risk Scores - a group that you would ordinarily not be particularly concerned about - had very significant arterial inflammation
compared with the Framingham Risk Score matched controls," he commented.
Atherosclerosis has long been recognized as a disease characterized by chronic arterial inflammation
. More-recent studies have indicated that this inflammation is driven by adaptive immune responses against modified self antigens (such as oxidized LDL) that have been trapped in the artery wall.
C-reactive protein is an indicator of arterial inflammation
associated with serious heart risks.
There are 3 important factors that predispose patients to plaque rupture or recurrent events: plaque burden or multiple arterial plaques, the presence of persistent hyperreactive platelets, and ongoing vascular arterial inflammation
. Successful therapeutic strategies focus on these predisposing factors, and the use of low-density lipoprotein-lowering medications (principally statins) and antiplatelet agents (principally aspirin) has had a major impact on the occurrence of cardiovascular outcomes and overall mortality over the last 2 decades.
You should monitor your blood pressure regularly, eat a low-fat, low-sodium diet, and get at least 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise daily to reduce arterial inflammation
and plaque buildup.
The uptake of iron by periadventitial fat macrophages suggests a potential means of imaging areas of arterial inflammation
. This periadventitial uptake should improve the spatial resolution of magnetic resonance imaging--the greatest drawback of that technology--and thus allow a major advance in the noninvasive imaging of vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques.