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More immune balance news. This time, heart disease.

Posted Jun 29 2012 2:10pm

I read a post from a leading heart surgeon several weeks ago who commented that doctors need to take the conventional wisdom about cardiovascular disease treatment and prevention and throw it out the window. His point was that “inflammation” caused by imbalanced immune activity directed toward arteries is the driver of common heart ailments, not cholesterol or fat. He said that pro-inflammatory diets, activities, etc. are what need to be managed for preventive heart health.

Now this week we see some new animal model research that seems to affirm the inflammation message about heart disease.  Specifically, this study finds that after a heart attack, immune cells seem to invade the area of the “infarct” (blood vessel obstruction) and actually exacerbate the damaged area or areas nearby, causing a higher risk for a repeat heart attack.

That means, anything that can suppress such an immune overreaction on the artery can possibly help prevent a repeat cardiovascular incident.

The science of immune balance. It just keeps getting more intriguing every day.

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