Fatty plaques build up at bends and branches of arteries

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: October 2017

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell:  The fatty plaques responsible for heart attack and stroke are most likely to build up at the branches and bends of blood vessels, according to new research funded by the British Heart Foundation and published in the journal ATVB.

Researchers based at the University of Sheffield have shown that the twists, turns and branches in our arteries create complex flow patterns that increase the risk of atherosclerosis – the build-up of fatty plaques in blood vessels, which causes most heart attacks and strokes – and the hardening of the blood vessels.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement:   British Heart Foundation

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