FDA Approves New Blood Test for People without Heart Disease

Testing for Lp-PLA2 levels may help predict an individuals risk of developing cardiovascular disease and the likely outcome following a heart attack.

Most heart attacks occur when fatty plaques in the arteries rupture, spilling their contents into the bloodstream. This process, which is caused by inflammation, triggers the release of an enzyme called lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 , or Lp-PLA2. The higher the level of Lp-PLA2 in the blood, the greater the risk of stroke, first or recurrent heart attack or poor outcome after a heart attack. It can also predict increased risk of cardiovascular disease in people with insulin sensitivity/pre-diabetes is part of metabolic syndrome, but theyre not synonymous.
To continue reading this article you must be a paid subscriber

Subscribe to Heart Advisor

Get the next year of Heart Advisor for just $20. And access all of our online content - over 2,000 articles - free of charge.
Subscribe today and save 38%. It's like getting 5 months FREE!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here