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SEPTEMBER 20, 2005

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2005;15(08-09)

[Pathologist have recognized arterial calcification for over a century described also by Virchow in the 19th century. Vascular calcification, an active mechanism, involves a complex, regulated process of biomineralization resembling osteogenesis. Evidence indicates that proteins controlling bone mineralization are also involved in the regulation of vascular calcification. The atherosclerotic plaque calcification can be easily detected noninvasively with radiological methods currently available and it correlates with the amount of atherosclerotic plaque. Also, it serves as a surrogate measure for atherosclerosis, allowing preclinical detection of the disease. There are several examples for the relationship between hyperlipidaemia and increased loss of bone mass. It is not surprising that the base drugs for osteoporosis also have the characteristics for lowering vascular calcification and are antiatherogenous and antilipaemic drugs. The clinical importance ot these facts is that vascular calcification is associated with higher risk of cardiovascular events. In the summary, the authors review the four histopathological types of arterial calcification and the molecules and proteins involved in these processes.]



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