Harvard Heart Letter

New approach to fighting heart disease

Treating cardiovascular risk factors like smoking; high blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar; and being overweight is not always enough to prevent the spread of atherosclerosis, a disease that can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Because inflammation is involved in the development and spread of atherosclerosis, two clinical trials are now getting started to test whether reducing inflammation with anti-inflammatory drugs provides any additional protection against heart attack and stroke.
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