With a proliferation of guidelines designed to reduce costs based on the risk profiles of patients, and a more general trend towards a preventative care framework, it's important to stay on top of the latest research into these risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
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"Stem Cell Factor" Linked to Cardiovascular Disease Risk
A new study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine identified a risk factor with a similar predictive value to established cardiovascular risk factors such as LDL and HDL cholesterol.
Blood levels of this "stem cell factor (SCF)," thought to be related to blood vessel repair, were found to play a significant role in protection against vascular degenerative diseases. "Lower SCF levels were also associated with more severe carotid disease, less fibrous atherosclerotic plaques and an increased incidence of heart failure," write the authors.
Results indicate that the "SCF-c-kit pathway may be a promising biomarker and therapeutic target in cardiovascular disease." (Source: Medical News Today)