Your Health: Apr. 3, 2000


POWERFUL PREDICTOR Had your high-sensitivity C-reactive protein tested lately? Maybe you should, even if you've never heard of it. Its presence indicates inflamed arteries, and researchers report that it may be more strongly linked to heart attacks than cholesterol. A study of 28,000 healthy women found that those with high blood levels of hs-CRP (as your doctor calls it) are 4 1/2 times as likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke even if their cholesterol count is normal. The test for hs-CRP is inexpensive and has been approved for use since late last year.


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