Research by a Michigan State University cardiologist published in the September edition of Clinical Cardiology has shed new light on the role that cholesterol plays in causing heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular events in humans.
The work of George Abela, a professor in MSU’s Department of Medicine and chief of the department’s cardiology section, finds that cholesterol that has built up along the wall of an artery and crystallized from a liquid to a solid state can expand and then burst, sending material into the bloodstream.
It is this chain of events – the expansion of the liquid cholesterol as it crystallizes into a solid – that kick-starts the body’s natural clotting process which, unfortunately in this case, works against the body, essentially shutting down the artery.
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