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The heart of the matter

from The New York Times

Q: Are oral plaque, coronary vessel plaque and eye plaque the same substance?
A: Coronary plaque and eye plaque are directly related, while oral plaque is a different entity, said Dr. Holly S. Andersen, director of education and outreach for the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. The kind of plaque that causes atherosclerosis is "a soft, yellow, greasy gruel that is made up of a combination of cholesterol, fat and inflammatory cells that circulate in your bloodstream," Andersen said. It can rupture and cause a heart attack or stroke. more

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