High risk in high places

November 18, 2008

    Many risk factors for developing heart disease are well known, such as smoking, obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Last week, a study suggested that elevated C-reactive protein (CRP) levels in the blood may indicate higher risk of heart disease.
    AstraZeneca Chief Executive David Brennan has identified a few more risk factors and may be ready to start taking his own cholesterol medicine.
    “I don’t know about you guys but I’m having my CRP tested. Why not know? I’m 55 years old, Type A personality, an executive, that’s a risk factor right there. Working in the pharmaceutical industry is a risk factor,” Brennan said, only half joking.

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