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CARDIOVASCULAR STUDY (CVD) – University of Reading

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Recruitment is closed for this study

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a major disease affecting a large amount of the world population and is the leading cause of death in Europe. It can be difficult to detect in good time, to allow for successful intervention. It is hoped that through the use of a biomarker (a molecule that is associated with a disease and appears when the disease is affecting the body) we could detect cardiovascular disease earlier and more easily.

The biomarker we have chosen is sialic acid, a sugar molecule that is found all over the human body, but when it is found in the blood, urine and saliva, it has been shown to be associated with cardiovascular disease. This study hopes to show a correlation between sialic acid and cardiovascular disease and to look more specifically at different types of sialic acid to see if a more accurate biomarker can be found.

The study will hopefully provide a method that could act as a good indicator of the risk of a person developing a heart or circulation problem within the next 10 years.

You can take part in this study if you are over 18 years of age. Depending on the nature of the study, there might be further restrictions such as age, sex and dietary preferences or restrictions.

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