The recently published study by Kovanen et al1 and the editorial accompanying the study2 reopen an important question for the area of clinical and fundamental research concerning the role of inflammatory events in the initiation and progression of the atherosclerotic lesion. Despite the clinical and experimental data accumulated during the last 2 decades, the importance of the inflammatory events in atherogenesis is still underestimated.
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