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January 2009 Issue

Inflammation Link to Heart Attack Is Solid

C-reactive protein (CRP), an indicator of inflammation, is a strong predictor of heart attacks, even among people not considered at risk by current standards. Thatís the recent finding from the JUPITER Project, an international study of almost 18,000 adults with near-optimal levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL, the "bad" cholesterol), but high levels of hsCRP (the more accurate high-sensitivity form of the test).

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