Atherosclerosis is caused by “Chronic Inflammation”, not cholesterol, and driven by an innate immune response. How does inflammation linked with heart disease and stroke? (New Concept) How does inflammation linked with heart disease and stroke? (New Concept) Written by Dr Harold Gunatillake, FRCS ,FIACS,FICS,AM(Sing) MB,BS (Cey)-Health writer “Inflammation” is the process by which the body responds to any form of injury or infection, and its manifestations are redness (opening up minute blood vessels to bring in cellular and hormonal material for healing), swelling (increase body fluids to stack healing material), among other biochemical changes. It can happen anywhere- on the skin, within the body, and even inside arteries. In fact the scientists are learning to understand that inflammation may play the initial part in all diseases, including atherosclerosis (hardening) of arteries with plaque formation. These inflammatory changes are believed to occur in the inner lining and possibly in the muscle ...

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