Fats detonate acute myocardial infarction

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Why does consuming fats increase the risk of suffering acute myocardial infarction? Mexico leads the international lists in the rates of overweight and obesity in adults and children, respectively.

Excess weight is not a question of numbers, but of health; It is usually accompanied by malaise in the knees, feet and back, poor blood circulation, diabetes, high blood pressure and increased blood cholesterol.

When there is excess cholesterol in the bloodstream, it is deposited in the wall of the arteries, reducing its internal diameter and blood flow, which increases the risk of heart infarction.

The function of cholesterol is to maintain the structure of biological membranes, as well as to serve as a central molecule in the synthesis of a significant number of hormones; however, when there is an increase in blood cholesterol above normal levels, it can accumulate in the wall of the arteries and cause the development of the disease known as atherosclerosis.

Successful mechanism to analyze cholesterol

Therefore, scientists at the Institute of Cellular Physiology (IFC) of the UNAM investigate the mechanisms of initiation of these cholesterol clusters through the properties of lipid exchange between plasma lipoproteins (proteins that transport cholesterol in the blood), and between these particles and the membrane of different types of cells.

Research has focused on the analysis of Cholesterol Ester Transfer Protein, or CETP, which intervenes directly in the flow of cholesterol between lipoproteins, specifically between HDL (lipoproteins of low density), which increases the risk of atherosclerosis.

The support test to detect atherogenesis based on the detection of CETP in the blood, was developed thanks to the work of IFC researchers who intend to assist in the detection and define the degrees of severity of the condition to provide the most appropriate treatment. And you, do you consume a lot of fats?


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