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Cholesterol oxidized through trans fats and smoking are strongly associated with heart disease
Cholesterol oxidized through trans fats and smoking are strongly associated with heart disease

(February 27, 2013 - Insidermedicine)

From Illinois - Cholesterol that is unnaturally oxidized through polyunsaturated fats, frying foods in re-used oils, or smoking is a primary cause of heart disease, according to a report published in the American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease. Researchers studied the blocked and unblocked arteries in patients undergoing their second heart bypass surgery. They found that oxidized lipids--transformed a natural component of cell membranes known as phosphatidylcholine into sphingomyelin. The blocked arteries contained twice as much sphingomyelin than the unblocked arteries. Researchers then discovered that sphingomyelin attracts calcium from the blood until the artery is entirely calcified--an aspect that causes heart attack and sudden death.

 
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