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July 25, 2001

Predicting Heart Problems

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JAMA. 2001;286(4):409. doi:10.1001/jama.286.4.409

A routine test that measures levels of a protein in urine samples may reveal early, symptomless cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women, Dutch researchers report in the June 26 issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

The researchers took urine samples and measured albumin levels from 1118 healthy postmenopausal women who were followed up for as many as 18 years. Women in the highest quintile for urinary albumin levels had an age-adjusted cardiovascular death rate 4.4 times that of women without detectable urinary albumin.