The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
Lowering Plasma Homocysteine
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High plasma homocysteine concentrations, like high cholesterol, have been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death (O Nygσrd et al, N Engl J Med 1997; 337:230; RS Vasan et al, JAMA 2003; 289:1251). In one meta-analysis, 25% lower plasma homocysteine concentrations were associated with 11% less coronary heart disease and 19% less stroke (Homocysteine Studies Collaboration, JAMA 2002; 288:2015). Should we be trying to lower serum homocysteine concentrations in our patients? ... more
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