Arizona entrepreneur Jason Hope has dedicated his life to developing and bringing to market new technologies that make people’s lives better. With his recent forays into philanthropy, he is making an even bigger difference for those who suffer from the nation’s top killer, atherosclerosis.
Jason Hope recently donated $500,000 to the SENS Foundation, a research organization dedicated to the study and treatment of degenerative diseases and ways to retard the aging process. The Foundation issued a press release thanking Hope and detailing the ways in which his considerable donation would be used. Chief among these was their ongoing research into the grand daddy of degenerative diseases, atherosclerosis.
Jason Hope, a lifelong student of biotechnology, specifically insisted that his donation be used on programs dedicated to fighting the United States’ premier killer. Jason Hope was aware not only of the huge direct cost both in dollars and lives that the claws of this terrible ailment inflict, but also that its root cause is the common etiology of virtually every age-related degenerative process that there is.
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At its core, atherosclerosis is caused by one continuous process: the body’s inflammatory response to arterial damage. When fatty deposits build up within arterial walls, the body recognizes these as an unnatural structure that should not be there and poses a threat to vascular health. It thus initiates an inflammatory response, similar to how it would attack invading microbes or viruses, in order to neutralize the threat that an obstructed artery and damaged vessel wall would pose to blood flow. This sets off a cascade of events which eventually culminates in a fibrinotic cap being formed over the top of the fatty deposit. This tightly wound mass of finbrinotic tissue is very similar to the kind that forms superficial scars on the parts of the body which have been wounded in the past. When too much of this scar tissue is found throughout the arteries, they lose their natural suppleness and ability to communicate blood.
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As horrible as the various direct outcomes as atherosclerosis are, such as heart attack, sudden cardiac death, peripheral artery disease and stroke, the underlying inflammatory response takes an even heavier toll. It is now widely believed that such processes underlie essentially all phenomena associated with aging, from wrinkled skin to glossy eyes to rigid joints. For this reason, it has become one of the central fields of study for those seeking anti-aging remedies.