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New Study: Lp(a) Joins LDL as Heart Disease Risk Factor
Date:1/19/2010

nd why many people with "normal cholesterol levels" still end up having heart attacks.

Standard cholesterol tests check for levels of LDL (bad cholesterol), HDL (good cholesterol), triglycerides and total cholesterol. Comprehensive lipid testing provided by the VAP Cholesterol Test reports Lp(a) along with other important cholesterol subclasses, non-HDL, emerging heart disease risk factors such as the apoB/apoAI ratio, low-density lipoprotein remnants and small dense LDL as well as triglyceride-rich remnant lipoproteins. The VAP Test also doesn't require fasting and provides a direct measurement of LDL. The VAP Test results may also significantly improve medical treatment for controlling cholesterol levels long before they affect the heart.

Cobble added that in patients with a family history of high cholesterol or early heart attacks, a detailed lipid profile such as the VAP Test may be particularly helpful in diagnosing early problems, including the lack of enough HDL2, HDL3 or too much Lp(a).

The only currently available drug for lowering Lp(a) is niacin, although other drugs are currently in development.

The VAP Test reports 22 separate components of cholesterol, including Lp(a), and is covered by Medicare and most private insurance carriers. Unlike other lipid profiles, the VAP Test includes Lp(a) at no additional charge, and it directly measures all three lipoprotein parameters — LDL, non-HDL and apoB — considered necessary by the expert consensus guidelines issued by the American Diabetes Association and American College of Cardiology. The VAP Test identifies a far greater number of people at risk for heart disease than standard cholesterol tests and is the only single cholesterol test that routinely reports apoAI, apoB and the apoB/apoAI ratio.

People with a family history or an existing condition of diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease — or who are already taking c
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