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Value of Heart Disease Test Questioned

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Value of Heart Disease Test Questioned

Value of Heart Disease Test Questioned

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A study in the New England Journal of Medicine casts doubt on the value of a new, increasingly popular test for heart disease that measures CRP — or C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation. The findings suggest CRP may be no more useful in predicting heart attacks than other existing tests. NPR's Richard Knox reports.

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