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Lisa's Story
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My father passed away from sudden cardiac arrest in 1978 at the age of 45, but I never really thought of myself as "at risk” for heart disease.  I was healthy, ate well, and my routine medical tests were always normal.

So, it was a complete surprise when I experienced sudden cardiac arrest on 9/13/11, one month after my 50th birthday. My husband performed CPR until the paramedics arrived and defibrillated me. (It took 4 shocks!) I was placed in a hypothermic state and drug induced coma for three days to reduce risk of tissue damage.

An eventual angiogram showed a 1 ½” clot, which was removed from my LAD. I also had a stent placed. All my other arteries looked okay. 

My husband and I began doing research about cholesterol, LDL and HDL. I requested specialty blood work after doing online research. I was looking for the size of my LDL molecules; I wanted to know if I had "sticky” plaque.  MY LDL size was normal, but I was found to have elevated Lp(a) -- in the extreme risk category. My cardiologist placed me on a cholesterol-reducing medication. But, as I researched Lp(a), I found that the medication would not reduce Lp(a). I decided I needed to have a specialist whose focus was more current on risk and treatment of elevated Lp(a) and my other individual needs.  I found a Houston-based cardiologist who is focused on heart disease in women. .. She and a colleague at the Texas Heart Institute viewed my cardiac cath films and; concluded that the likely cause of the clot was a SCAD (spontaneous coronary artery dissection). The elevated Lp(a) escalated the dissection. So she prescribed Niaspan, which has lowered my Lp(a) level. My current medical regimen is a cholesterol reducing medicine, Niaspan 1500/mg a day, and daily Omega 3 (Lovaza  2 gms), Coreg, and Losartan.

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