Chronic coumarin treatment is associated with increased extracoronary arterial calcification in humans.

  title={Chronic coumarin treatment is associated with increased extracoronary arterial calcification in humans.},
  author={Roger J.M.W. Rennenberg and Bernard J. van Varik and Leon J. Schurgers and Karly Hamul{\'y}ak and Hugo ten Cate and Tim Leiner and Cees Vermeer and Peter W. de Leeuw and Abraham A. Kroon},
  volume={115 24},
Vascular calcification is a marker of increased cardiovascular risk. Vitamin K-dependent matrix Gla protein (MGP) is important in inhibiting calcification. Because MGP activation is vitamin K dependent, we performed a cross-sectional study investigating the relationship between the use of vitamin K antagonists and extracoronary vascular calcification. From the Dutch thrombosis services we selected 19 patients younger than 55 years who had no other cardiovascular risk factors and who had used… 

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