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May 19, 2005

Cystatin C May Push Creatinine Off Risk Radar

Topics: Medical Science News

A study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine affirms the important link between kidney function and cardiovascular health, and survival in the elderly. According to the director of the institute that funded the study, should these findings be confirmed in other studies, cystatin-C could be a useful prognostic tool for evaluating older people at risk for not only kidney disease, but also cardiovascular disease. Interestingly, the study suggests that serum levels of cystatin C correlate with risk of all causes mortality as well as risk of cardiac event.

The researchers measured creatinine and cystatin C in blood samples collected from 4,637 participants in the Cardiovascular Health Study, a community-based longitudinal study of people aged 65 or older at enrollment in 1989 and 1990.

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Cross posted by Hyscience

Posted by Richard at May 19, 2005 9:34 AM


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