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New Frontiers for Cardiac Risk Assessment: C-Reactive Protein

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Current theories of atherosclerotic plaque formation suggest that inflammation plays a key role in coronary heart disease. In an effort to augment current tools for cardiac risk assessment, researchers have found that levels of the inflammatory marker C-reactive protein (CRP) may play an important role in gauging an individual's risk for a cardiac event. While not currently recommended for mass population screening, measurement of CRP may play an increasing part in identifying at-risk patients and guiding pharmacologic intervention.
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Keywords: Atherosclerosis; C-reactive protein; Cardiac risk assessment; Cholesterol; Heart disease; Inflammation; Myocardial infarction; Statin

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2006-03-01

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