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Measurement of Cholesterol Function Might Provide Link to Heart Attack Risk in Patients with Psoriasis

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In a study among psoriasis patients, conducted by the National Heart and Lung Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), researchers have found that high-density lipoprotein (HDL) function is a risk factor for developing atherosclerosis, which is a major cause of heart attacks. Recent studies indicate that poor HDL function, as measured by lower HDL-cholesterol efflux capacity (CEC), had higher levels of coronary plaque.

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