I'm Dr. David Vastola and Patrick just had a cardiogram because he was having some chest pain. I was worried he might have a heart problem. It's a very common problem, as a matter of fact it's the number one killer of men and women in the United States today - so you'd better check it yourself. When examining this we consider risk factors. You've heard about them before: diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol - but there's one that may be more important than all the rest. It's called the CRP, the C-Reactor Protein. We've talked about it before but there's some new data. Let me tell you about it.
Dr. Eric Ritger at Harvard University looked at 28,000 women over an 8-year period of time. He found that the CRP was singularly important in predicting heart disease. If it was elevated the women had a 4-times greater chance of having a heart attack. In other related studies it's been shown that if your CRP is elevated you have about a 1 in 4 chance of developing a heart attack, even though your cholesterol is normal. Dr. Eric Topro at the Cleveland Clinic says it's immensely important - I'm talking about the CRP.
So when it comes to you, make sure you get your CRP checked - just like I'm going to have done on Patrick because I don't want anything to happen to this guy. If it's elevated it can be treated: first with antibiotics over a two week period of time and if that doesn't work, treat it with cholesterol medications - even if your cholesterol is normal.