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Statins May Protect the Heart via the Immune System

Nov 21, 2016 12:00:34 AM / by Stacy Matthews Branch, DVM, PhD posted in Cytotoxic T Cells, Dendritic Cells, immune system, scientific research, Basic Research


Statins are a class of cholesterol-lowering drugs that can protect against cardiovascular disease. These can slow the formation of plaques within the arteries (atherosclerosis). These atherosclerosic plaques are made of a mix of dead cells, oxidized (subjected to free radicals) low density lipoprotein (the undesirable cholesterol), and immune cells such a dendritic and T cells.

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