What most people do not realize is that the conventional medical wisdom that once viewed cardiovascular disease as a plumbing problem now sees it as an Chronic Inflammatory Disorder .
What we know as the bad cholesterol, LDL , provides the raw material for the deposits of plaque.
Doctors once believed that anyone who had a high level of LDL cholesterol had a greater risk of blocked coronary arteries.
The problem with that belief was that about half the people who had acute myocardial infarction did not have an elevated level of LDL cholesterol.
I know that to be true in the case of both my mother in-law and my father in-law. They both had low cholesterol. Great, no problem. Wrong! They both ended up having by-pass surgery.
Inflammation Was Never Mentioned.
We now know that chronic inflammation helps trigger heart attack or stroke by making plaque less stable and therefore more likely to rupture and generate artery-blocking clots, and hardening arteries.
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Dr. Eric Topol, Department Chairman, Cleveland Clinic Heart Center states: The new information about inflammation will, "change everything we do in coronary artery disease."
He adds that in the past, people talked about their cholesterol levels. In the next decade everyone will need to know their c reactive protein level.
You check c reactive protein with a simple blood test at your next clinic visit.