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This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

C-reactive protein is a stronger predictor of cardiovascular events than low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, according to a study led by Paul Ridker, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, reported in the Nov. 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The study followed 27,939 apparently healthy American women for eight years, correlating LDL cholesterol and C-reactive protein levels to incidence of myocardial infarction, ischemic stroke, coronary revascularization and cardiovascular-related death...

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