Researchers work on new drug that could save nearly 600,000 people a year.
Did you know atherosclerosis is the number one cause of death in humans? Atherosclerosis occurs when artery walls thickens as a result of the buildup of calcium and fatty materials such as cholesterol and triglyceride. According to the CDC, about 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.
Scientists at Johns Hopkins are one step closer to finding a drug that stops the effects of high-fat and high-cholesterol diets.
“Imagine you have clogged up plumbing due to debris,” Dr. Subroto Chatterjee said. “Similar clogging in our blood vessels occurs due to fat and cholesterol building up over time. Our drug, we hope, will prevent [or] delay the rise in cholesterol and fat and thus prevent thickening/hardening of the blood vessel. This is like the use of Drano to clean up our plumbing at home.”
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