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What's Your Risk?
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Inherited Cardiovascular (Heart and Vascular System) Disease

It is estimated that one in five people globally have high Lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)] and are at risk for premature cardiovascular disease and a high level of this fatty particle in the blood called lipoprotein(a) can triple the risk of heart attack or stroke at any age.

20% of the population have Lp(a) levels >50 mg/dL (500 mg/L),

10% have level >90 mg/dL (900 mg/L),

5% have levels >116 mg/dL (1160 mg/L),

1% have levels >180 mg/dL (1800 mg/L)

0.1% have levels greater than 245 mg/dL (2450 mg/L)


What's Your Risk?

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Uncontrollable Risks

Family History of Premature Heart Disease/Heart Attack; Men <40 years of age, Women <50 years of age.  Yes/No

Family History of High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Stroke or Kidney Disease. Yes/No

Lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)] >30 mg/dL (300 mg/L) or >75 nmols/L   Yes/NO

(please note the unit of measure carefully because there are two different methods to measure Lp(a). You cannot convert mg/dL to nmols/L you would be comparing two different values.) When you measure in mg/dL you are measuring the mass weight of all the Lp(a) particles together and when you use nmols/L you are measuring the number of particles and nmols/L is now considered to be the best unit of measurement.

Age  50 males; 60 female Yes/NO


Controllable Risks

High Blood Pressure >120/80 mm Hg Yes/No

Total Cholesterol >200 mg/dL Yes/No

     LDL-C (Low Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol) >100 mg/dL Yes/No

     HDL-C (High Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol) <40 (male)/ 50 (female) mg/dL Yes/No

     TG (Triglycerides) >150 mg/dL Yes/No

     NON-HDL-C >130 mg/dL Yes/No

     LDL-P >1000 nmols/L Yes/No

     Apolipoprotein B >80mg/dL Yes/No

Fasting Blood Glucose >100 mg/dL Yes/No

Smoking (including secondhand)  Yes/No

BMI (Body Mass Index) >28 Kg/m2 Yes/No

Waist Circumference >35" Women; 40" Men Yes/No

Less than 30 Minutes Physical Activity Daily Yes/No

Anything you mark with a "Yes" is a risk factor.  Schedule a visit with your healthcare provider to fill in the blanks. It's information that everyone needs to know.  It's knowledge that can truly save your life!

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