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Finding answers to the puzzle of cholesterol


Atherosclerosis — sometimes called hardening of the arteries — is a major cause of heart attacks and is linked to the body’s levels of so-called ‘good’ and ‘bad’ cholesterol. Researchers at Malmö University are using artificial tools to understand how cholesterol affects the risk of atherosclerosis.

Marité Cárdenas and her colleagues at Biofilms – Research Center for Biointerfaces are looking into what is commonly referred to as ‘good’ and ‘bad’ cholesterol.

"It's not as simple as saying that if you have high levels of bad cholesterol, you will get atherosclerosis and then have a heart attack. It's more about the proportion of good compared to bad cholesterol in the body," Cárdenas explains. 

"If you have a lot of the bad kind, but also a lot of good cholesterol, you may be fine. On the other hand, if you have a lot of bad cholesterol and very little of the good kind, that will pose a health risk. We want to understand the interaction between different particles and the role that each particle plays in relation to how fat is utilised in the body."

Watch the interview with Cárdenas below to learn more about the project. 

Text: Joakim Hugoson

Last updated by Maya Acharya