There is a widespread consensus that the more fatty streaks
you have, and the thicker they get, the more likely they are to go on to fibrous plaques," says McGill.
In a third study, researchers have discovered that growth hormone- releasing peptides (GHRPs), a new family of drugs, prevent fatty streaks
and atherosclerosis -- two early signs of heart disease -- in mice.
A macroscopically 'normal' aorta was defined as one in which the intimal surface of the vessel was smooth, glossy and of uniform colour, with no fatty streaks
or other lesions.
He explained the procedure: "The hamsters were on a high-fat diet and you get signs of heart disease with the fatty streaks
in the arteries after 12 weeks.
A glass a day can protect your heart by stopping the production of endothelin-1, responsible for the fatty streaks
Furthermore, several studies have shown that fetuses and children born of hypercholesterolemic mothers have an increased incidence of fatty streaks
in the aorta.
The fruit also hampers hardening of the arteries by fatty streaks
along blood vessel walls (arteriosclerosis) by helping to stop high cholesterol.
pneumoniae antigens or DNA in intimal thickening and fatty streaks
of young adults and Alaskan Natives (the latter group at low risk for coronary atherosclerosis) supports an early microbial role in pathogenesis (30).
If you eat lots of greasy foods, ugly fatty streaks
may already be building up in your arteries.
Claudio Napoli and colleagues showed in a previous study that fatty streaks
, the earliest lesions of atherosclerosis, have already formed in fetal arteries.
Inflammation, which is implicated in the formation of early fatty streaks
as well as at the onset of adverse cardiovascular events, causes cells within the plaque to secrete enzymes that degrade and weaken the fibrous cap, leading to rupture of unstable plaques and thrombus (clot) formation.