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Leucocyte count may predict heart disease in women

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 24 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:690
  1. Barbara Kermode-Scott
  1. Calgary

A new study indicates that a white blood cell count is an independent predictor of cardiovascular events and of mortality from all causes in postmenopausal women.

The research, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine (2005;165:500-8), showed that a leucocyte count greater than 6.7 × 109/l may identify postmenopausal women at high risk of disease who are not currently identified by traditional cardiovascular risk factors.

Doctors should pay attention to white blood cell counts in the upper normal range in postmenopausal women, said the principal investigator, Karen Margolis, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota.

Dr Margolis and her colleagues studied how …

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