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Study: Persistent asthma associated with plaque buildup in carotid arteries News

November 24, 2022, 8:34 PM ISTSource: ANI

Adults with chronic asthma may be at higher risk of heart attack or stroke due to plaque buildup in the carotid artery. The new study was just published in the American Heart Association’s open-access, peer-reviewed publication Journal of the American Heart Association. Compared to people without asthma, study participants had more plaque buildup in their carotid arteries — large arteries on the left and right sides of the neck that carry blood to the brain. Asthma is a respiratory disease that causes a person’s airways to become inflamed — often due to allergic reactions — making it difficult to breathe. Chronic inflammation over time is known to contribute to the buildup of arterial plaque, known as atherosclerosis, and is associated with a higher risk of plaque rupture, causing heart attack or stroke.

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