Study: Simple, inexpensive blood test can help predict heart disease

03/15/2005 | MSNBC

An easy, inexpensive test for checking women's white blood cell counts can help predict heart disease, according to a new study. Research on 66,000 women showed those with the highest levels of white blood cells, which can indicate the presence of inflammation, were twice as likely to die from heart disease. Current guidelines call for testing C-reactive protein, another marker for inflammation, but the white blood cell test is cheaper and more widely available.

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