Washington: A new set of biomarkers could identify atherosclerosis -- hardening of the arteries -- at the earliest stages and prevent thousands of untimely deaths.Atherosclerosis brings on coronary heart disease, stroke and heart attacks and kills by stealth. Most people do not realize they have it until they have cardiovascular disease."This biomarker test, which only requires a blood sample, could be further developed to predict the risk of silent atherosclerosis in clinical practice," said study co-author Eleen Keeley, from the University of Virginia, which identified these biomarkers, the journal BMC Medical Genomics reports.A biomarker refers to a protein in blood whose concentration reflects the severity or presence of some disease state, according to a Virginia statement.
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