Circulating cytokines reflect the expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines in atherosclerotic plaques.

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Inflammation is a key factor in the development of plaque rupture and acute cardiovascular events. Although imaging techniques can be used to identify vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques, we are lacking non-invasive methods, such as plasma markers of plaque inflammation that could help to identify presence of vulnerable plaques. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether increased plasma levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines reflects inflammatory activity within atherosclerotic plaques.

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  • Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-449
JournalAtherosclerosis
Volume241
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2015
Peer-reviewedYes

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