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Tiny Molecules May Tell Big Story About Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Tiny bits of molecular “trash” found in circulating blood appear to be good predictors of cardiovascular disease and untimely death, say researchers at Duke University Medical Center.

The discovery, published online in the April issue of the journal Circulation Genetics, comes from the largest study of its kind for cardiovascular disease, and is the first to identify specific metabolic profiles associated with coronary artery disease, heart attacks and death among patients who have undergone coronary catheterization.

The Duke study analyzed metabolites, the molecular debris left over after the body breaks food down into energy sources and building blocks of cells and tissues.

Medical News Today; February 22, 2010

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Written by heartcurrents

February 20, 2010 at 7:17 am

Posted in heart conditions

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