A new antibody developed by scientists from the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI), may make it easier for doctors to identify atherosclerosis. The research carried out at the Imperial College of London and funded by the British Heart Foundation, could prove revolutionary for patients.
Although the research is still in its early stages, results have so far been encouraging. Here, we’ll look at what the researchers discovered, and why spotting atherosclerosis early is so important.
Understanding the latest study
A new monoclonal antibody developed by scientists at the NHLI has been found to recognise and bind to LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) cholesterol found in fatty plaques within the arteries.
The newly developed antibody doesn’t just bind to old cholesterol deposits – it is also capable of binding to new cholesterol. Created in a laboratory, the new antibody could now help scientists gain a better understanding of how atherosclerosis develops.
Before the new antibody can be used in humans, additional research needs to be carried out. However, researchers are hopeful that further trials and studies will help them to get closer to preventing and treating atherosclerosis, reducing the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
What is atherosclerosis?
Atherosclerosis is diagnosed when the arteries become clogged with plaque. A build-up of plaque causes the arteries to narrow and harden, restricting oxygen and blood flow to the organs. This increases the risk of blood clots, which can prove life threatening.
In its early stages, atherosclerosis doesn’t tend to cause any noticeable symptoms. However, if it is left untreated, it can lead to a variety of serious conditions including:
- Coronary heart disease
- Transient Ischemic Attacks
- Heart attacks
The reason the arteries become clogged isn’t fully understood. However, there are factors known to increase risk. These include age, smoking, a high-fat diet, obesity, excessive alcohol consumption, and a family history of atherosclerosis.
If you are worried about your risk of developing the condition, speak to a heart specialist. They will be able to assess your risk and provide recommendations to prevent the condition.
How is atherosclerosis treated?
The conventional approach is to treat risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes and Chlosterol with medication. This approach has certain advantages, has its place and can be implemented easily. The benefit of such an approach is however small compared with lifestyle and nutritional changes. The power of nature to reduce inflammation can not be matched by any medication. Lifestyle modifications are by far more powerful than the most potent medications. It is even possible to reverse coronary disease with lifestyle and diet.
If you are interested in learning more about this, or if you would like guidance on how to reverse your coronary disease or diabetes using a holistic approach, simply book a consultation with Dr Konrad Grosser today. Following a functional cardiology approach, you will be recommended the best ways to set yourself up on a path to health generation and healing.