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Am J Cardiol. 2003 Oct 15;92(8):984-7.

Social and psychosocial influences on inflammatory markers and vascular function in civil servants (the Whitehall II study).

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International Centre for Health and Society, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London Medical School, London, United Kingdom.


Social position and psychosocial factors are associated with coronary disease, but the underlying pathophysiologic mechanisms remain unclear. In a sample of 283 nonsmokers, we found that social position was inversely associated with interleukin-6 and C-reactive protein and that participants with mild depression had impaired endothelial function.

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