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Enzyme levels could help deduce likelihood of heart disease

30th April 2010

Scientists have suggested that measuring the level of a certain enzyme within the walls of arteries could help predict heart disease.

Researchers writing in the Lancet and funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) looked into the enzyme Lp-PLA2 to determine whether it has any association with coronary heart disease and strokes.

They found that the enzyme was strongly linked with artery disease but further research would be needed to show conclusively that it was a cause, rather than an indicator, of the disease.

Despite this, Professor Peter Weissberg, medical director at the BHF, said the enzyme appears to play a “significant role” in the progression of the illness, suggesting that the findings will prompt research into drugs to reduce levels of Lp-PLA2.

He added: “The acid test will then be to find out if such drugs reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes in large clinical trials.”

According to the BHF, approximately 2.6 million people in the UK are living with coronary heart disease, making it the most common heart condition and the cause of most heart attacks.

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