Letter by Tsuda Regarding Article, “Combined Effects of Inflammatory Status and Carotid Atherosclerosis: A 12-Year Follow-Up Study”
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To the Editor:
We read with great interest the article by Mayer et al1 dealing with the relationship between inflammatory status and long-term mortality in 1065 patients with asymptomatic carotid atherosclerosis. The results of their study demonstrated that the risk of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality significantly increased in patients with elevated serum levels of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (CRP). In addition, patients with a high degree of carotid atherosclerosis and increased high-sensitivity CRP levels were particularly at risk of adverse outcome. The authors further showed that the individual …