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Ital Heart J. 2001 Mar;2(3):164-71.

Clinical use of C-reactive protein for the prognostic stratification of patients with ischemic heart disease.

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Institute of Cardiology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy.


C-reactive protein (CRP), the prototypic acute phase reactant and a sensitive marker of inflammation, consistently predicts new coronary events, including myocardial infarction and death, in patients with ischemic heart disease. The data are very consistent with regard to the long-term outcome, but in many studies are also significant for in-hospital events. The predictive value of CRP is, in the majority of the studies, independent of and additive to that of the troponins. Moreover recent data suggest that CRP may be a reliable marker of the risk of restenosis after percutaneous coronary interventions and that its levels can be modulated by statins. Taken together, all these data suggest that CRP, probably with different cut-offs, should be used as a marker of risk and as a guide to therapy in patients hospitalized for acute coronary syndromes and in outpatients suffering from ischemic heart disease.

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