ISSN 1308-8734 | E-ISSN 1308-8742
Is Red Cell Distribution Width a Marker for the Presence and Poor Prognosis of Cardiovascular Disease?
1 Department of Cardiology, Faculty of Medicine, Balikesir University, Balikesir, Turkey  
2 Department of Cardiology, Facult of Medicine, Mustafa Kemal University, Hatay, Turkey  
3 Department of Cardiology, Faculty of Medicine, Ataturk University, Erzurum, Turkey  
4 Department of Cardiology, Erzurum Education and Research Hospital, Erzurum, Turkey  
Eurasian J Med 2012; 44: 169-171
DOI: 10.5152/eajm.2012.39
Key Words: Acute cardiovascular events, Cardiovascular disease, Red cell distribution width

Red cell distribution width (RDW) is an indices heterogeneity of cell size in the peripheral blood and has been shown to be an independent correlate of adverse outcomes in healthy subjects and in some cardiac conditions. Additionally, RDW is associated with both the presence and the complexity of vascular disease. In this review we investigate the importance of RDW in vascular disease in the light of recent information.

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