It is well recognized that cholesterol contributes to heart disease. However; some patients, especially those with cardiometabolic risk (CMR), may have residual risk even with adequate cholesterol lowering.
Cardiometabolic risk factors include:
- Metabolic syndrome
- Family history of heart disease
- Physical inactivity
- Low HDL cholesterol
- High triglycerides
- Previous heart attack
Cholesterol is made in the body and comes from the food we eat. It does not travel freely in the body, but must be carried in containers called lipoprotein particles. Low density lipoprotein (LDL) particles carry varying amounts of cholesterol and interact with the arterial wall to set in motion the cascade of events that leads to atherosclerosis.1
LipoScience offers a simple blood test that measures lipoprotein particles to aid in the management of lipoprotein disorders associated with cardiovascular disease.
1. Brunzell et al. JACC. 2008;15:1512-1524.
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