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Biggest Loser Trainer Bob Harper Reveals Lp(a) Caused Heart Attack on Dr. Oz

Tuesday, April 25, 2017   (3 Comments)
Posted by: Sandra Tremulis
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April 25, 2017 - Lipoprotein(a) Foundation Thanks Bob Harper for Revealing High Lp(a) Levels Led to His Recent Heart Attack on The Dr Oz Show


Commends Mandatory AEDs in Every Gym Efforts and Encourages Broader Access to Testing for High Lp(a)

SAN CARLOS, Calif.--()--The Lipoprotein(a) Foundation commends health and fitness expert Bob Harper for sharing the genetic condition that led to his recent heart attack on The Dr Oz Show – high levels of Lipoprotein(a), also known as Lp(a).

Bob Harper has high Lp(a) a sticky cholesterol particle in his blood, it's hereditary Thanks for sharing your story

When doctors discuss heart health, they are not concerned about cholesterol itself, but rather the lipoprotein packages that carry cholesterol through the bloodstream. While most people are familiar with LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and HDL (high-density lipoprotein), packages in the blood that carry what is often referred to as “bad” and “good” cholesterol, Lp(a) carries bad cholesterol and other bad lipids into your artery walls. High levels of Lp(a) travel through the bloodstream and enter into the arteries, leading to gradual narrowing of the artery that can limit blood supply to the heart or brain and can increase the risk of blood clots, heart attack, stroke and aortic stenosis. High levels of Lp(a) also increase your risk of a blood clot.

Lp(a) is currently the strongest genetic risk factor for coronary heart disease and aortic stenosis. Unfortunately, for some people like Bob Harper, the first sign of disease is a heart attack or stroke. One in 5 people globally have inherited high Lp(a) – 63 million in the U.S. Lp(a) concentrations can be measured by a simple blood test, but it is not included in most standard lipid panel tests that check cholesterol levels. The Lipoprotein(a) Foundation recently issued an Infographic to raise awareness that a simple blood test could be the first step in preventing up to 120,000 cardiovascular events every year. For more information about patients with high Lp(a) and heart disease, visit

“We want to thank Bob Harper for sharing his story and reinforcing the fact that fit, healthy people can inherit factors like Lp(a) that cause early heart disease. We commend his efforts to educate people about the need for CPR education and to push for mandatory AEDs in every gym,” said Sandra Revill Tremulis, founder of Lipoprotein(a) Foundation. “There is a growing body of research that links high Lp(a) to heart attacks and strokes. The mission of the Lipoprotein(a) Foundation is to empower patients and prevent cardiovascular events due to high Lp(a) through proper testing and diagnosis and we hope that Bob Harper’s story will help raise awareness about genetic causes of heart disease.”



Charles L Pate says...
Posted Sunday, June 28, 2020
I would also like to know how you reduced your LP a. I have read that niacin maybe a benefit. Has anyone tried this?
Nancy LaValley says...
Posted Monday, May 25, 2020
Aquila Clark. I am curious how you got your LPa down from 200 to 90? That would be a Godsend for me, as mine is 240.
Aquila Clark (McDougald) says...
Posted Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Hi--In 2008-I had a knee replacement -which was a total failure--the doctor cut my MCL-so I will have to have it redone--along with the other knee replaced..-During the surgery I had a blood clot that resulted in Multiple Bilateral blood clots in my lungs. I recovered--but have been hesitant about getting the needed knee replacements--which I really need now. Back then I had a very high LPa--over 200--I wonder wasthis high Lpa some of the cause of my blood clot issue during this surgery. Now it is around 90--and I plan to get the surgery when my A1C gets to 7.--any thoughts on this issue will be appreciated.-thanks Bob for sharing your story--many people dont know about this. It so happens this runs in my family as well.

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