June 2002 Issue

Leaving Cholesterol In The Dust: New Ways To Predict Heart Disease

Here’s a stunner: Half of all heart attacks happen to people with normal blood cholesterol levels. We’ve been taught to think cholesterol = heart attack, but it turns out that’s just the half of it. While a lipid profile provides vital information—total cholesterol, low-density lipoproteins (LDL), high-density lipoproteins (HDL) and triglycerides—it doesn’t accurately predict heart disease risk for everyone. Although doctors still focus primarily on lowering LDL levels, additional diagnostic blood markers have

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