Tag: inflammation

Linking Cancer & Heart Disease: The Root of 2 Killers May Be The Same?

Inflammation, often referenced as the root cause of many chronic diseases, disorders, and dysfunctions, has recently linked cancer and cardiovascular disease.

In an article in The New York Times Magazine, readers were introduced to a patient who suffered from two deadly forms of cancer: lung and melanoma. When asked what nearly caused his death, the patient stated that it was a near-fatal heart attack.

The author of the article, Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee—a Pulitzer Prize-winning cancer physician and scientist at Columbia University—wrote that the two top killers in our country, heart disease and cancer may now be intimately linked.

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Reducing Inflammation Lowers Risk of Heart Attack

It turns out that cholesterol isn’t the only thing you have to worry about to keep your heart healthy. In recent years, doctors have started to focus on inflammation — the same process that makes cuts red and painful — as an important contributor to a heart attack. It’s the reason doctors recommend low-dose aspirin to prevent recurrent heart attacks in people who have already had them, why they also prescribe statins, which lower both cholesterol and inflammation, and why they have started to measure inflammation levels in the blood.

But it’s never been clear exactly how much inflammation adds to heart disease risk. Since statins lower both, it’s hard to tell whether inflammation or cholesterol has the bigger impact on heart problems.

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