How the Immune System “Sniffs” out Disease

Dr. Marco Orecchioni has pioneered work showing that immune cells in your arteries can “sniff ” out their surroundings and cause inlammation. These cells, called macrophages, have the same kind of olfactory receptors found in the nose. As these macrophages detect early markers of cardiovascular disease, they kick off an inlammatory response and make matters worse. Dr. Orecchioni’s work suggests we could block this process to stop heart disease progression