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October 10, 2005

C-Reactive Protein, Heart Disease Risk, and the Popular Media

Arch Intern Med. 2005;165(18):2058-2060. doi:10.1001/archinte.165.18.2058

Considerable media attention has focused on recent research reports that statin-associated levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) are associated with prognosis after acute coronary syndrome.1,2 Similar media attention to this topic is not new: the “CRP story” and reports of inflammation in general as related to heart disease have been repeatedly featured over the past several years in major print magazines, newspapers, and television news magazines. However, the most recent attention focused on this topic, including the relatively new phenomenon of “recommendations” made by popular media editorialists, raises 3 important concerns, 1 of which is elucidated by Miller et al3 in this issue of the ARCHIVES.