Author(s): Bisoendial RJ, Boekholdt SM, Vergeer M, Stroes ES, Kastelein JJ
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Abstract C-reactive protein is postulated to embody an index that can reflect cardiovascular risk and can be used to independently predict major cardiovascular events and mortality. On the other hand, credible experimental data have become available that demonstrate the abundant presence of C-reactive protein in atherosclerotic lesions and, moreover, identify C-reactive protein as an initiator of several pathogenic pathways that can cause atherogenic changes. Consequently, there has been a paradigm shift in which C-reactive protein is no longer regarded as merely an indicator of cardiovascular risk, but increasingly considered a direct partaker in the pathogenesis of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. These data underscore the need to explore risk-reducing interventions that selectively inhibit C-reactive protein activity as a novel strategy to prevent clinical manifestations of atherosclerosis.
This article was published in Eur Heart J
and referenced in Journal of Metabolic Syndrome