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Crp And Sudden Death

A study from Harvard Medical School shows that C Reactive Protein (CRP) is the best available blood test to predict whether person is likely to die suddenly of a heart attack. The authors drew blood tests for C reactive protein, homocysteine, and cholesterol and followed these men for 17 years. Those who had high blood levels of C reactive protein were at significantly increased risk for sudden heart death, while having a high cholesterol or a high homocysteine were not good predictors.

C reactive protein is a measure of inflammation and the most common cause is infection. Hundreds of recent studies show that infection with chlamydia and other germs increases a person's risk for heart attacks. This study implies that infection is a more common cause of sudden cardiac death than having a high cholesterol or high homocysteine level.

Prospective study of C-reactive protein, homocysteine, and plasma lipid levels as predictors of sudden cardiac death. Circulation, 2002, Vol 105, Iss 22, pp 2595-2599. CM Albert, J Ma, N Rifai, MJ Stampfer, PM Ridker. Albert CM, Brigham & Womens Hosp, Div Prevent Med, Dept Med, Leducq Ctr Mol & Genet Epidemiol, Ctr Cardiovasc Dis Prevent, 900 Commonwealth Ave E, Boston,MA 02215 USA


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Dr. Mirkin's opinions and the references cited are for information only, and are not intended to diagnose or prescribe. For your specific diagnosis and treatment, consult your doctor or health care provider.

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