A New Drug Has Been Found to 'Melt Away' Harmful Fat in Arteries
The statistics reveal a very big, very scary truth: According to the American College of Cardiology, cardiovascular disease (CVD) accounts for approximately 800,000 deaths in the U.S., or one out of every three. An average of one person dies from CVD every 40 seconds.
One of the reasons is atherosclerosis, a buildup of fatty plaque inside the arteries, which can result in many health problems, including heart attack and stroke. And now, it's being reported that a new drug, designed to combat diabetes and cancer, has been discovered to also possess the ability to melt away artery-clogging fat.
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Researchers from the University of Aberdeen claim this new drug, called Trodusquemine, can reverse the effects of atherosclerosis. Mirela Delibegovic, a professor at University of Aberdeen, who is helping to lead the study, told CNBC: "All humans have some level of fatty streaks in their arteries which develop further with age. [The drug has] only been tested at preclinical level in mice so far, but the results were quite impressive and showed that just a single dose of this drug seemed to completely reverse the effects of atherosclerosis."
The researchers' next step involves conducting human trials, which, if successful, could mean a healthier, more promising future for many people.