Clues to heart dangers found in urine test

11/20/2007 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

The risk of cardiovascular death in patients with stable coronary artery disease increases when a protein called albumin is present in their urine, U.S. researchers discovered. "We found that virtually any degree of albuminuria, even albumin below the level we call microalbuminuria, placed a patient at significantly higher risk of cardiovascular events," according to the study's lead author.

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