The research also suggests a new potential target in the treatment of atherosclerosis, a leading cause of cardiovascular disease and death globally.
The research team found that macrophages, white blood cells that drive atherosclerosis, replicate inside plaques. Moreover, this growth is not reliant on cells outside the plaques called monocytes, as scientists had assumed.
New study redefines how plaques grow in heart disease
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