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Predicting heart disease risk in women

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"Biomarkers could be used both for predicting disease risk and for selecting those who would potentially bene t most from therapy."

Biomarkers could give your doctor a window into your heart risks, so you can start making changes to reverse them.

What if a single blood test could tell you that a heart attack was in your future? Medicine isn't quite at that point yet, but there are a few indicators—substances your doctor can look for in your blood, as well as in your urine and tissues—that can signal where your cardiovascular health is headed and let you know whether you need to take action now to prevent a heart attack or stroke.

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