Inflammatory protein 'could accelerate heart disease development'

14 March 2012

People could be under an increased threat of suffering from heart problems as a result of having a protein involved in inflammation in their bodies.

According to research conducted at the University of Cambridge, the interleukin-6 receptor can significantly heighten the development of heart disease.

The study, findings of which have been published in the journal The Lancet, may allow for more enhanced treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Dr Adam Butterworth, who helped with the research, explained: "Typically, it can take many years to make safe and effective drugs to target new disease pathways. However, in this case, drugs have been previously developed due to this pathway's involvement in autoimmune disease."

In other health advice relating to the development of heart problems, a Harvard School of Public Health in Boston study has led to the suggestion that people who eat too much red meat could be putting their body under considerable risk.

The research, which involved the monitoring of more than 120,000 men and women, stated that consuming just two rashers of bacon each day heightens the probability of dying from heart disease or cancer by 20 per cent.

Posted by Edward Bartel

Butterworth, Adam et al. 'Interleukin-6 receptor pathways in coronary heart disease: a collaborative meta-analysis of 82 studies'. The Lancet. Tuesday March 13th 2012.

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