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Would you pay a premium for a drug that could reduce heart disease and lung cancer? Early evidence suggests that a juvenile arthritis drug might offer hope to people at high risk for heart attacks and strokes. The anti-inflammatory properties of canakinumab might prevent atherosclerosis that leads to heart attacks. getAbstract suggests this article to those with an interest in the inflammation theory of heart disease.

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Jennifer Couzin-Frankel, a Science Magazine staff writer since 2002, attended Harvard University.

 

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What is the connection between inflammation and heart attacks?

Immune cells such as macrophages, a type of white blood cell, set off a complex set of events. These immune cells trigger arterial plaque by migrating into blood vessels. When arterial plaque builds up, it can block and rupture resulting in heart attacks.

C-reactive protein (CRP) is a marker for inflammation. Previous research showed that people with elevated levels of CRP in their blood tend to be at high risk...


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