Simplistic laboratory tests that are initially and routinely ordered by clinicians evaluating diseases are often unappreciated simply because they are routine. Resurrection of the leukocyte count is presented as a prime example of a sensitive measure and a prognostic indicator of acute myocardial infarction (MI) heretofore not given adequate coverage.

  1. Which of the following is a risk factor and a key component of cardiovascular (CV) events?

    • stress

    • insomnia

    • inflammation

    • fear

  2. The stimuli to find a reliable inflammatory marker are supported by which of the following?

    • the need for aggressive blood testing

    • the biochemical factors supporting the relationship of inflammation to atherosclerosis

    • the need for sensitive and specific coronary heart disease (CHD) markers that stratify the risks

  3. Which test that measures systemic inflammation is standardized, widely available, and inexpensive?

    • C-reactive protein (CRP)

    • interleukin-6 (IL-6)

    • β-integrins (Mac-1)

    • leukocyte (white blood cell...

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