Gender’s Role in Development of Heart Disease
UIC researchers will study gender differences in how the heart uses and stores fat — its main energy source — and how changes in fat metabolism play a role in heart disease. When stressed, the heart changes how it uses fuel for energy. These changes, which may play a major role in the development of heart disease, are different in men and women, says E. Douglas Lewandowski, director of the UIC Center for Cardiovascular Research. The changes, which occur long before any symptoms, may be key to early diagnosis and treatment, said Lewandowski, principal investigator for a new $2 million, 4-year grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
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