The Editor's Roundtable: JUPITER Follow-Up

  • Vincent E. Friedewald
    Corresponding author: Tel: 512-264-1611; fax: 512-264-8939
    Associate Editor, The American Journal of Cardiology, Clinical Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas USA, and Research Professor, College of Science, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
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  • Christie M. Ballantyne
    Professor and Chief, Section of Cardiovascular Research, Interim Chief, Section of Cardiology, Director, Division of Atherosclerosis and Vascular Medicine, Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas USA, and Director, Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, The Methodist Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
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  • Michael H. Davidson
    Professor, Director of Preventive Cardiology, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
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  • Antonio M. Gotto Jr.
    Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean and Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
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  • Paul M. Ridker
    Eugene Braunwald Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Director, Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
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  • William C. Roberts
    Editor-in-Chief, The American Journal of Cardiology and Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings, Executive Director, Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute, Baylor University Medical Center, and Dean, A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Health Care System, Dallas, Texas
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          The remarks of Paul Ridker, MD, in the recent “Editor's Roundtable”1 require comment. Ridker declares high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) to be a major risk factor for atherothrombotic disease (ATD). Dr. Ridker is in error in this statement. If hsCRP were a major ATD risk factor, then subjects with the highest levels of hsCRP should have the highest risk for ATD, and as Ridker himself has pointed out, natives of sub-Saharan Africa frequently have malaria, and those who do have malaria have extremely high levels of hsCRP but do not have ATD events to any significant degree.
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