Substances Found In Cigarette Smoke Damage Blood Vessels' Endothelial Cells, Medical University of Vienna Study

Published: Jul 26, 2011

A research term headed by David Bernhard from the University Department of Surgery at the Medical University of Vienna has found out that substances found in cigarette smoke lead to blood vessels' endothelial cells constantly digesting themselves. This permanent damage to the interior surface of the blood vessels leads, amongst others, to calcification of the arteries, as the recently published study confirms. "The autodigestion in vessels' endothelial cells works like an intracellular waste disposal", says Bernhard. Damaged cell components are caught, digested and recycled. Usually this is not a problem as new cell components are then created again.

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