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Blood Basics: Lipoprotein | Trivida Functional Medicine

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Blood Basics: Lipoprotein

Lipoprotein (a) is one type lipoprotein that travels through the blood.  Lp(a) is like a cargo ship made up of protein that transports fat and cholesterol through the ocean made of your blood.

Higher levels of this protein in the blood is a sign of increased risk of cardiovascular disease.  Lp(a) has been associated with increased uptake of LDL (bad cholesterol) into the blood vessel wall; which increases rich of artery blockage.

This test is used in conjunction with a routine lipid profile to provide more information about cardiovascular risk.  Lp (a) remains at a consistent level over a person’s lifetime; so, it is known as a genetic marker for increased risk and a need for more aggressive treatment of cholesterol.

A high Lp(a) can be caused by other reasons then genetic, included:

–  low estrogen
–  family history of heart disease and high cholesterol
–  uncontrolled diabetes
–  kidney disease

While Niacin (vitamin B3) and estrogen have been shown to lower Lp(a) a small amount, it is recommended that persons with elevated levels be especially focused on keeping their LDLs low to lower overall risk of heart attack and stroke.

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