Iron and atherosclerosis

Rehan Qayyum, Peter Schulman

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Traditional risk factors fail to account for all deaths from coronary artery disease (CAD). Iron can inflict oxidative injury on components of the blood and arterial wall to incite the atherosclerotic process. Medical evidence suggests a role of elevated body iron stores as a risk factor for the development of atherosclerosis. Results of a clinical trial to determine the benefits of reducing body iron stores on cardiovascular mortality are pending.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-122
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Cardiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2005


  • Atherosclerosis
  • Blood donation
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Ferritin
  • Iron
  • Oxidation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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