Cholesterol crystals indicate MI is looming

The formation of cholesterol crystals plays a huge role in the onset of myocardial infarction, cardiologists have discovered.

The US researchers analysed the material that was obstructing the coronary arteries of 240 emergency room patients who had had a heart attack and found that 89% of them had an excessive amount of cholesterol crystals.

"In previous studies, we showed that when cholesterol goes from a liquid to a solid, or crystal state, it expands in volume like ice and water," says lead author Dr George Abela, chief cardiologist at Michigan State