Kim van der Heiden

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Atherosclerosis-associated diseases are the main cause of mortality and morbidity in western societies. The progression of atherosclerosis is a dynamic process evolving from early to advanced lesions that may become rupture-prone vulnerable plaques. Acute coronary syndromes are the clinical manifestation of life-threatening thrombotic events associated with(More)
RATIONALE Blood flow-induced shear stress controls endothelial cell (EC) physiology during atherosclerosis via transcriptional mechanisms that are incompletely understood. The mechanosensitive transcription factor TWIST is expressed during embryogenesis, but its role in EC responses to shear stress and focal atherosclerosis is unknown. OBJECTIVE To(More)
BACKGROUND Wall shear stress (WSS) is involved in the pathophysiology of atherosclerosis. The correlation between WSS and atherosclerosis can be investigated over time using a WSS-manipulated atherosclerotic mouse model. To determine WSS in vivo, detailed 3D geometry of the vessel network is required. However, a protocol to reconstruct 3D murine vasculature(More)
Assessment of patients' individual cardiovascular risk is common in routine clinical practice. However, the traditional risk factors to stratify risk are based on population estimates and may not directly apply to the individual patient. Patients with a high calculated cardiovas-cular risk may not suffer an event and vice versa. The Framingham score(More)
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