Inflammation and atherosclerosis.

  title={Inflammation and atherosclerosis.},
  author={Mehdi H Shishehbor and Deepak L Bhatt},
  journal={Current atherosclerosis reports},
  volume={6 2},
Inflammation plays a pivotal role in all stages of atherogenesis, from foam cell to plaque formation to rupture and ultimately to thrombosis. Insight gained from recent basic and clinical data linking inflammation to atherosclerosis has yielded important diagnostic and prognostic information. Low-grade chronic inflammation as measured by high sensitivity C-reactive protein predicts future risk of acute coronary syndrome independent of traditional cardiovascular risk factors. In addition… CONTINUE READING