Heart disease is the leading cause of death of men and women in the US. Over half a million Americans die from it annually. Atherosclerosis — a build up of plaque in the arteries — is a common feature of heart disease and can be caused by smoking, fats and cholesterol in the blood, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

While not all heart attacks are caused by atherosclerosis, but halting plaque build up can help prevent some types of heart disease — specifically heart attacks that kill heart muscle by depriving it of oxygen. And now, a research team from Austria and The Netherlands have… more

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