Atherosclerosis and Autoimmunity

  title={Atherosclerosis and Autoimmunity},
  author={Eiji Matsuura},
  journal={Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology},
Atherosclerosis is a chronic pathological condition in which arteries undergo gradual thickness of the intima causing decreased elasticity, narrowing, and reduced blood supply to target organs. The blood vessels most commonly affected and of clinically relevance include the aorta, coronary, carotid, and cerebral arteries, collectively classified under cardiovascular disease. Several inherited and environmental risk factors have been identified as contributors to the initiation and progression… CONTINUE READING