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A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that high levels of a protein called C-reactive protein (CRP) in the blood may be an indicator of cardiovascular disease risk. This risk may be present even if cholesterol levels are normal. However, high cholesterol is the main cause of arterial clogging. High CRP levels have been linked to clogged arteries and blood vessel damage in the heart. Statin treatment has been found to reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering the CRP level. Statins act as an anti-inflammatory (reducing CRP levels) as well as a cholesterol lowering drug. One study concluded that people with low CRP levels as well as low cholesterol levels were the least likely to develop cardiovascular disease. However, researchers claim that more needs to be known about CRP and it's effect on the body.
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About: CRP may be linked to risk of heart disease
Date: 9 January 2005
Source: BBC News
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