Welcome New Members — 13 June 2018

  The Lioprotein(a) Foundation: About 20% or one in five people have high levels of Lp(a) greater than 50mg/dL from birth based on genetic factors they inherited from their parents, and most don’t know they have it. As high levels of Lp(a) travel through the bloodstream, it collects in the arteries, leading to gradual narrowing of the artery that can limit blood supply to the heart, brain, and kidneys as well as the legs. It can increase the risk of blood clots, heart attack or stroke.  Although high Lp(a) is a common condition, most people who are affected are undiagnosed. Approximately 30% of patients with FH (Familial Hypercholesterolemia) have high Lp(a). Many doctors do not routinely test for it. The Lp(a) Foundation supports broader access to testing for Lp(a) levels for all people. And because it is inherited it is important to test all members of a family where one member is found to have high Lp(a) levels.  It may only need to be tested once in a person’s lifetime because it’s genetic.

 

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