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J Cardiovasc Dis Res. 2012 Oct;3(4):251-4. doi: 10.4103/0975-3583.102688.

A brief review of biomarkers for preventing and treating cardiovascular diseases.

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Department of Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.


Cardiovascular diseases are the most prominent circulation disorders around the world. Biomarkers are characteristic biological properties that can be objectively measured as an indicator to evaluate a variety of health or disease characteristics. Cardiac biomarkers are a valuable tool for assessing the pathogenesis and diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases. In this review, we will focus on the major biomarkers used in recent clinical research for the diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases, which include mean platelet volume, hyperhomocysteinemia, serum magnesium, microalbuminuria, and prolongation of QT interval and dispersion. We also highlight the key findings of clinical case report based studies presented in this issue of JCDR.


Biomarkers; cardiovascular diseases; pathogenesis

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