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Claims for Patent: 7,964,614

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Claims for Patent: 7,964,614

Title:Systemic inflammatory markers as diagnostic tools in the prevention of atherosclerotic diseases and as tools to aid in the selection of agents to be used for the prevention and treatment of atherosclerotic disease
Abstract: The invention involves methods for characterizing an individual's risk profile of developing a future cardiovascular disorder by obtaining a level of the marker of systemic inflammation in the individual. The invention also involves methods for evaluating the likelihood that an individual will benefit from treatment with an agent for reducing the risk of future cardiovascular disorder.
Inventor(s): Ridker; Paul (Chestnut Hill, MA), Hennekens; Charles H. (Boca Raton, FL)
Assignee: The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc. (Boston, MA)
Application Number:11/158,889
Patent Claims: 1. A method for treating a nonhypercholesterolemic human in need thereof to reduce the risk of a cardiovascular disorder associated with atherosclerotic disease, comprising first selecting the human on the basis that the human is known to have an above-normal level of C-reactive protein and on the basis that the human is known to be nonhypercholesterolemic, and then administering to the human because the human has an above-normal level of C-reactive protein a statin lipid reducing agent in an amount effective to lower the risk of the human developing a future cardiovascular disorder associated with atherosclerotic disease.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein the subject is an apparently healthy non-smoker.

3. The method of claim 1 wherein the above-normal level of C-reactive protein is above 1.75 mg/l.

4. The method of claim 1, wherein the above-normal level of C-reactive protein is above 2.0 mg/l.

5. The method of claim 2, wherein the above-normal level of C-reactive protein is above 1.75 mg/l.

6. The method of claim 2, wherein the above-normal level of C-reactive protein is above 2.0 mg/l.

7. The method of claim 1, wherein the statin lipid reducing agent is lovastatin, fluvastatin, simvastatin, atorvastatin, pravastatin, or cerivastatin.

8. The method of claim 2, wherein the statin lipid reducing agent is lovastatin, fluvastatin, simvastatin, atorvastatin, pravastatin, or cerivastatin.

9. The method of claim 1, wherein the cardiovascular disorder associated with atherosclerotic disease is myocardial infarction.

10. The method of claim 1, wherein the cardiovascular disorder associated with atherosclerotic disease is stroke.

11. The method of claim 2, wherein the cardiovascular disorder associated with atherosclerotic disease is myocardial infarction.

12. The method of claim 2, wherein the cardiovascular disorder associated with atherosclerotic disease is stroke.
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