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The distribution of trace elements in the organs and fluids of the human body is often heterogeneous. Certain trace elements have been associated with specific pathologies such as cardiovascular diseases, one of the leading causes of death in the industrialised world. In this study the alteration of concentration levels for two minor elements (K and Ca) and seven trace elements (Mn, Fe, Cu, Zn, Se, Rb and Pb) in serum and packed blood cells was investigated. Samples from both healthy individuals and patients with coronary heart disease originating from a Portuguese population were analysed. The results from the pathological groups are compared with the reference data from healthy Portuguese individuals and with literature data.

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Authors: PINHEIRO T, JRC Geel (BE);WÄTJEN U, JRC Geel (BE);MAENHAUT W, Gent University, Institute for Nuclear Sciences (BE);HALPERN M J, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Biochemistry Department, Lisboa (PT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: International Journal of PIXE, Vol. 2 (1992) No. 4, pp. 469-479
Record Number: 199310963 / Last updated on: 1994-11-29
Original language: en
Available languages: en