According to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, men and women who have normal cholesterol levels but signs of inflammation in the blood vessels (high levels of C-reactive protein) can cut the risk of heart attack or stroke in half. Dr. Paul Ridker, author of the study, discusses the scope and findings of the study with host Dr. Larry Kaskel as well as the controversial implications of the study. Dr. Ridker explains the remarkable correlations between high-sensitivity C-reactive protein and cardiovascular disease, and reviews the number needed treat as compared with the use of statins for persons with hyperlipidemia. Dr. Ridker identifies those class of persons who would not benefit from statin treatment, and the practical utilization of the CRP tests.
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