Recent research suggests that iron may have a protective effect against heart disease. These promising findings could pave the way for new treatments.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death among people in the United States, responsible for approximately 610,000 deaths each year.
A team of researchers from Imperial College London and University College London, both in the United Kingdom, set out to examine the link between levels of iron in the body and the risk of developing the most common type of CVD: coronary artery disease (CAD).
The findings were published in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.
CAD, also known as coronary heart disease, occurs when the flow of blood is blocked or slowed down and becomes unable to reach the heart properly.