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December 2002 Issue

CRP Proves Itself as Heart Disease Indicator

Blood levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) predict a first heart attack or stroke better than levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL, the "bad" cholesterol), according to data from the ongoing Women’s Health Study. CRP rises in response to inflammation, which researchers now think precedes plaque buildup in blood vessels. Among nearly 28,000 women, those with high LDL’s (154 and higher) were 1.5 times as likely to experience a first cardiovascular event over eight years as women with low LDL’s (97.5 and

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