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Measuring artery repair cells could become new heart disease test

and then count individual of EPC colonies that grow. The new system permits researchers to gauge the number of EPCs based by identifying those cells with a high amount of ALDH activity.

The Duke researchers based their studies on analysis of blood samples taken from 229 patients who underwent a cardiac catheterization at Duke University Hospital. The researchers found a close relationship between the amount of coronary artery disease and levels of EPCs in the blood as determined using the ALDH test.


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Contact: Richard Merritt
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919-684-4148
Duke University Medical Center
12-Mar-2006


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