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Heart Disease Risk Is Associated with Lipoprotein(a) Level! by Ng Peng Hock Patient Expert Posted Sun 24 Aug 2008 3:46pm Recently, I read an article titled: “blood protein linked to heart disease”. It sounds interesting so I read on. The blood protein actually referred to lipoprotein(a), which is a compound that carries fats in the blood. A recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Cambridge, UK, linked risk of heart disease to ... Read on »
Lipoprotein(a)--neglected and unappreciated by Dr. William D. Medical Doctor Posted Mon 25 Aug 2008 3:03pm Lipoprotein(a), or just Lp(a) to its close friends and neighbors, is among the most underappreciated and neglected of causes of coronary plaque. It's the Rodney Dangerfield of lipoproteins. Lp(a) rarely gets diagnosed before people come to my office. They've often been through the ringer: doctors have thrown their hands up in ... Read on »
Lipoprotein(a) treatment alternatives by Dr. William D. Medical Doctor Posted Fri 12 Sep 2008 8:52am A question from a reader: Two years ago, my doctor recommended a comprehensive lipid screening because both of my parents had heart disease. My only blood component way out of line was LP (a) [lipoprotein(a)]. It was 130. According to the lab that conducted the screening, Berkeley Heart Lab, a level above 30 should be cause for concern. I ... Read on »
Lipoprotein(a): Surprising Poll Results by Dr. William D. Medical Doctor Posted Sun 24 Aug 2008 3:44pm No doubt, our little informal poll asking readers whether they have lipoprotein(a), is skewed towards people inclined to respond because they have this genetic trait. Nonetheless, the response is telling. Of 82 respondents: --40 (48%) said they did have Lp(a) --16 (19%) said that they did not have Lp(a) --26 ... Read on »
Lipoprotein(a) Research Foundation by Dr. William D. Medical Doctor Posted Sun 24 Aug 2008 5:44pm 1 Comment There is no longer any doubt that lipoprotein(a) is a major causal factor in heart disease: Meta-analysis (combined re-analysis) of 27 prospective studies: Danesh J et al. Lipoprotein(a) and Coronary Heart Disease: Meta-Analysis of Prospective Studies Lp(a) and "subclinical" atherosclerosis Brown SA et al. T ... Read on »
The Lipoprotein(a) Foundation: Time to Start One? by Chris K. Patient Expert Posted Sun 24 Aug 2008 7:28pm I just received some disheartening news from Dr. Sally McCormick one of the world's few Lipoprotein(a) researchers. I had asked her how her lead anti-Lp(a) compound was fairing in trials and the answer was not good, "some of the animals were quite sick after dosing with the peptide, we think due to the peptide being unstable and aggregating in ... Read on »
Lipoprotein testing by Dr. William D. Medical Doctor Posted Tue 26 Aug 2008 4:16pm This is an update of a post I made about a year ago. However, I'm reposting it since the question comes up so often. How can I get my lipoproteins tested? This question came up on our recent online chat session and comes up frequently phone calls and e-mails. If lipoprotein testing is the best way to uncover hidden ... Read on »
Another lipoprotein hurdle by Dr. William D. Medical Doctor Posted Tue 26 Aug 2008 4:17pm A number of our Track Your Plaque Members have encountered unexpected difficulty obtaining the 2nd page of their NMR Lipoprofile lipoprotein results when their blood was drawn in a LabCorp laboratory. This is the page that displays the lipoprotein subclasses in graphic format: VLDL, IDL, LDL, and HDL subclasses. If you are unable to v ... Read on »
What's the best lipoprotein test? by Dr. William D. Medical Doctor Posted Tue 26 Aug 2008 4:17pm This is a frequent question from Track Your Plaque Members and others interested in improving their heart disease prevention program beyond that of simple-minded cholesterol testing. I obtain lipoprotein testing every day on patients. I can tell you with the confidence of having done thousands of these tests that plain, old-fashioned ... Read on »
How can I get my lipoproteins tested? by Dr. William D. Medical Doctor Posted Fri 12 Sep 2008 8:52am This question came up on our recent online chat session and comes up frequently in phone calls and e-mails. If lipoprotein testing is the best way to uncover hidden causes of coronary heart disease, but your doctor is unable, unknowledgeable, or unwilling to help you, then what can you do? There are several options: 1) Get the na ... Read on »