Preventing cardiovascular disease in old aortas

31 octubre 2014

Researchers look for the root cause of age-related aortic stiffness — an early sign cardiovascular disease — and uncover a potential therapeutic target for reducing or preventing its development. The underlying cause of aortic stiffening is unclear. While much of the previous research pointed to the extracellular matrix (ECM) — a group of molecules secreted by the cells that support cell attachment and communication — as the culprit, a few studies suggest that vascular smooth muscle may play a role.