NEW YORK (360Dx) – Plasma levels of the metabolite trimethylamine N-oxide can predict both near- and long-term cardiovascular events in patients with chest pain, according to a new study.

Gut microbes produce trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) from precursors found in red meat, eggs, and dairy products, and high levels of the metabolite have been associated with blood clots and blood vessel inflammation, suggesting that it could also be linked to major adverse cardiovascular events like heart attack, stroke, or death.

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