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Abnormal Immunity Promotes Atherosclerosis

Posted on AllSides May 21st, 2024
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Research has found that within atherosclerosis plaque, there is an immune reaction that triggers intense inflammation in artery walls. When the wall of an artery is injured (as they are by hypertension, diabetes, insulin resistance, etc.), inflammatory fats begin to accumulate just beneath the endothelial layer, which disrupts the cells. These accumulating fats are highly inflammatory, and trigger special immune cells called macrophages to migrate to the site of the inflammation. You can think of macrophage cells as being like the Pac-Man video game character — they gobble up fat...

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