Lipid Screening

Most people have had their LDL cholesterol measured. Have you ever had your Lp(a) tested - Joe Graedon

Lipid Screening

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A Heart Risk Factor Even Doctors Know Little About

To millions of Americans, Bob Harper was the picture of health, a celebrity fitness trainer who whipped people into shape each week on the hit TV show “The Biggest Loser.”

But last February, Mr. Harper, 52, suffered a massive heart attack at a New York City gym and went into cardiac arrest. He was saved by a bystander who administered CPR and a team of paramedics who rushed him to a hospital, where he spent two days in a coma.

When he awoke, Mr. Harper was baffled, as were his doctors. His annual medical checkups had indicated he was in excellent health. How could this have happened to someone seemingly so healthy?

The culprit, in turned out, was a fatty particle…

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 A Heart Risk Factor Even Doctors Know Little About

While doctors routinely test for other lipoproteins like HDL and LDL cholesterol, few test for lipoprotein(a), also known as lp(a), high levels of which triple the risk of having a heart attack or stroke at an early age.

National Lipid Association

To enhance the practice of lipid management in clinical medicine.


Hyperlipidaemia is quite common and is known to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease such as heart attacks and strokes. The UK population is known to have the highest average cholesterol levels in the world. Two out of every three people in the UK will have higher than recommended cholesterol levels.

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