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2006-07-03 08:25:00

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK -- Making regular visits to the dentist not only protects the teeth, it also may protect the carotid arteries -- the main blood vessels leading to the brain. Study findings presented this past weekend in Brisbane, Australia at a gathering of the International Association for Dental Research hint that gum disease may contribute to clogged carotids, leading to an increased risk of stroke. Chronic inflammation arising from dental disease has been implicated in the...

2005-12-21 11:20:00

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Compared to whites with type 2 diabetes, blacks with type 2 diabetes suffer more heart attacks, strokes, and end-stage renal disease, but African Americans appear to have significantly lower rates of clinical coronary artery disease than whites. Dr. Barry I. Freedman and colleagues from Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina report the finding in the December issue of Diabetologia. The team investigated whether there were ethnic...

2005-12-02 11:06:45

LOS ANGELES "“ Over time, veins removed from the legs (saphenous veins) and attached to the heart to replace clogged coronary arteries tend to resemble old, sluggish drain pipes. In fact, within five to 10 years of coronary artery bypass surgery, half of all vein grafts become diseased to the point of requiring re-intervention "“ either repeat open-heart surgery or balloon angioplasty with the insertion of a stent. Stents can be inserted into a grafted vein or into a native...

2005-11-01 19:43:26

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. "“ In a surprising outcome, investigators at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center found that diabetic black men have dramatically lower amounts of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, than diabetic white men. Barry I. Freedman, M.D., and colleagues report in the December issue (Volume 48, No. 12) of Diabetologia that African-American men had significantly lower levels of calcified atherosclerotic plaque in the coronary (heart) arteries and the...

2005-09-28 16:17:49

Tsukuba, Japan --New research shows that levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), produced by the liver and not at the lesion site, correlate with the degree of atherosclerosis. The paper by Sun et al., "C-reactive protein in atherosclerotic lesions: its origin and pathophysiological significance," appears in the October issue of The American Journal of Pathology and is accompanied by a commentary. C-reactive protein (CRP) is a hallmark of inflammation and tissue damage, as in arthritis or...

2005-08-11 22:20:00

LOS ANGELES (August 11, 2005) "“ Because atherosclerotic plaque typically builds up without symptoms and leads to more than 1 million deaths in America each year, the search is on to develop early detection devices that will enable physicians to offer treatment before the disease progresses to advanced stages. Now, in a study involving laboratory rabbits, a device that stimulates, collects and measures light emissions from body tissues has been able to detect the presence of...

2005-05-27 21:20:00

LOS ANGELES (May 27, 2005 "“ Embargoed Until 10:45 a.m. EDT) "“ In a presentation today at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Biophotonics Research and Technology Development Laboratory described recent progress on a device that stimulates, collects and measures light emissions from body tissues to diagnose critical atherosclerotic plaques (vulnerable plaques) and aggressive brain tumors. In both disease processes,...

2004-11-28 03:00:16

Background: C-reactive protein (CRP), which has been suggested to directly enhance inflammation in plaques, is rapidly synthesized and secreted in the liver 6 h after an acute inflammatory stimulus. Therefore, serum levels of CRP within 6 h after the onset of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) merely reflect a chronic and persistent inflammatory process and are not due to acute myocardial damage. We hypothesized that the serum CRP level, which would abnormally elevate thereafter, is followed...


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