C Reactive Protein
As the war against the leading cause of death for Americans, heart disease, goes on, new tools are being developed to recognize high risk individuals.The symptoms of coronary heart disease --chest pain, shortness of breath, and an abnormal pulse --are difficult to diagnose as they vary from patient to patient. Also, these are symptoms that can point to a variety of other medical conditions.
The good news is that a variety of simple diagnostic methods may identify coronary heart disease before it becomes life threatening. Recently doctors have found that the presence of a substance called C-Reactive Protein in the blood indicates that blood vessels are inflamed. The body releases C-Reactive protein into the bloodstream when blood vessels leading to the heart are damaged.
What we know about C-Reactive Protein and Heart Disease
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