Content by Kevin Eisenmann
Scientists have discovered a unique way in which small blood vessels deal with a blockage: they spit it out.
Clot-busting enzymes often dissolve blood clots and cholesterol that block blood vessels. Researchers have known this for a long time. But no one knew if a protective process may occur in the tiny capillaries of the circulatory system.
One does, and the finding may hold promise in new treatments for stroke and Alzheimer’s patients.
A novel way of imaging red blood cells could provide insights into how these oxygen-carrying cells navigate the body’s maze of blood vessels.
The payoff may promise better screening for blood cell related diseases such as malaria and sickle-cell.