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January 9, 2005

Protein linked to heart disease

Topics: Medicine

BBC News/Health Jan 9.   

Lowering levels of a protein in the blood could offer another way of reducing the risk of heart disease, a study suggests.

High levels of the C-reactive protein are linked to clogged arteries and damage to blood vessels in the heart.

Two US studies, funded by drug companies, found patients with lower CRP levels after treatment with statins had a lower risk of heart disease.

The research is published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

It has been suggested that high CRP levels could be an indicator of cardiovascular disease risk, even if someone does not have high cholesterol levels.

High cholesterol is the prime cause of clogged arteries.

But CRP, an inflammatory marker associated with the process of the build-up of fatty deposits within the artery walls, is also a contributory factor.  Read More....

You will find the complete abstract of the original research article here...

Posted by Hyscience at January 9, 2005 3:53 PM

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