Medical News and Perspectives
December 15, 2004

Biomarkers for Coronary Heart Disease: Predictive Value or Background Noise?

JAMA. 2004;292(23):2824-2825. doi:10.1001/jama.292.23.2824

Researchers hope that the emergence of numerous biomarkers for cardiovascular disease in recent years will enable physicians to better assign risk and treat patients.

A number of patients with coronary heart disease do not exhibit traditional risk factors such as hypertension, elevated cholesterol levels, obesity, and smoking. Conversely, many individuals who do have such risk factors do not have cardiovascular disease. A nuanced understanding of biomarkers, researchers note, could increase the accuracy of risk assessment.

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