Blood protein levels may predict risk of heart disease

April 9th, 2011 - 12:32 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, April 9 (ANI): A new study led by an Indian-origin surgeon has found that increased levels of a protein that helps regulate the body’s blood pressure may also predict a major cardiovascular event in high-risk patients.

Measuring the amount of the protein, known as plasma renin activity (PRA), in the blood stream may give doctors another tool to assess a patient’s risk and help prevent a heart attack or stroke.

“Conventional factors like genetics and environment do not always provide a complete patient story and an understanding of cardiovascular risk,” said Subodh Verma, cardiovascular surgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital.

“The plasma renin activity blood marker allows us to identify people at a higher risk and that gives us the opportunity to introduce therapies that would work to lower a patient’s PRA levels,” he said.

His study was based on 2,913 Canadian HOPE (Heart Outcomes Prevention Evaluation) study patients, who had stable chronic vascular disease and/or diabetes and one cardiovascular risk factor.

The study is published in the March issue of European Heart Journal. (ANI)

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