Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are considered the leading cause of morbidity and mortality from
chronic diseases in the world. In addition, about 20% of first and recurrent acute myocardial infarctions (MI) are silent.
In this context, subclinical atherosclerosis culminates in evident CVD, through the evolution of early risk factors
such as hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglyceridemia and others. The main problem in CVD is related to the long-time between the
start of the subclinical atherosclerosis and the manifestation of the disease. The identification of subjects at risk of such events is obviously
substantial, since identification leads to implementation and compliance with effective preventive measures that reduce such risk.
In this sense, this review demonstrates biomarkers as an alternative to early detection of subclinical atherosclerosis. One of the proposed
biomarkers is the Ischemia-modified albumin (IMA), being considered a promising biochemical biomarker for atherosclerotic conditions.
Another marker that is gaining strength and is associated with the IMA are the advanced oxidation protein products (AOPP), its measurement
provides information on the level of exposure to potentially harmful changes to proteins and metabolic control. And last but not
least we have nitric oxide as an early marker mainly related to endothelial dysfunction. In this review also is evidenced the use of the
Campomanesia xanthocarpa, a plant native to southern region from Brazil extensively used as complementary and alternative medicine,
and natural products to reduce protein oxidation and improve the availability of nitric oxide and consequently vascular function, reducing
the risk for development of CVD.