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.
Which of the following is a risk factor and a key component of cardiovascular (CV) events?
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
Which test that measures systemic inflammation is standardized, widely available, and inexpensive?
C-reactive protein (CRP)
leukocyte (white blood cell...