Published in Blood Weekly, February 10th, 2005
According to recent research from Netherlands, "Calcification is a common complication in cardiovascular disease and may affect both arteries and heart valves. Matrix gamma-carboxyglutamic acid (Gla) protein (MGP) is a potent inhibitor of vascular calcification, the activity of which is regulated by vitamin K. In animal models, vitamin K antagonists (oral anticoagulants [OACs]) were shown to induce arterial calcification."
L.J. Schurgers and colleagues of the University of Maastricht explained, "To investigate whether long-term OAC treatment may induce calcification in humans...
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