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What makes elevated Lp(a) unique may also make it a threat to your patients

Watch this video to see what makes it so different from other cardiovascular risk factors.

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Introduction to Lp(a)

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  • Lp(a) is a unique form of lipoprotein that is proatherogenic, proinflammatory, and prothrombotic at elevated levels4,5

  • Large-scale genetic studies have confirmed that elevated Lp(a) is an independent and causal cardiovascular risk factor2,6-8

  • Elevated Lp(a) contributes to a consistent and lifelong risk of heart attack and stroke2

Uncover more about elevated Lp(a) 

Elevated Lp(a) is one of the strongest single genetic risk factors for coronary artery disease.8

Screening for elevated Lp(a) requires only a simple blood test that can be added to any routine blood work.9

Knowing a patient's Lp(a) levels can help inform a lifetime of cardiovascular

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