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article imageBritish researchers discover 'ultra-bad' cholesterol

By Christopher Bates     May 31, 2011 in Science
Warwick - A form of “ultra-bad” cholesterol has been discovered by researchers from the University of Warwick (Warwick Medical School) in England. The study was published in the latest edition of Diabetes - an academic journal.
While it is thought to increase the risk of heart disease, scientists are hoping that the discovery will help in their quest to improve treatment.
It has been reported that the new type, known as MGmin-low-density lipoprotein (LDL), is stickier than normal bad cholesterol, thus more prominently sticking to the wall of arteries.
Once attached to artery walls, the cholesterol forms "fatty" plaques that can lead to coronary heart disease. These plaques then grow, clogging arteries and reducing the flow of blood. If the plaques happen to rupture, blood clots may form, causing heart attacks and strokes.
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