High C-reactive Protein Levels Predict Heart Disease in The Elderly

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Heart Disease In The Elderly

A blood test adds information to conventional risk assessment in defining an elderly person's risk of heart attack in the next 10 years, scientists reported in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

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Researchers found that an elevated level of C-reactive protein (CRP), a blood-marker for inflammation, is an independent risk factor for the development of heart disease in the elderly.

"The CRP test can provide useful information beyond standard risk assessment in the elderly," said lead author Mary Cushman, M.D., M.Sc., an associate professor of medicine at the University of Vermont in Burlington.

Cushman said this is the first long-term prospective study assessing CRP and heart attack risk in the elderly.

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