To treat the heart, start with the gut

Potential drug targeting intestinal bacteria stops chain reaction that leads to artery plaque

mouse arteries

GUT CHECK  Mice predisposed to heart disease and fed a diet high in choline — a compound found in meat and eggs — had plaque buildup in their arteries (left: plaques, red; artery, blue). Mice also given a drug to prevent their gut microbes from breaking down the choline had much less artery clogging (right). 

Z. Wang et al/Cell 2015 

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