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Dr. Michael Ozner: The Blood Test That Can Save Your Life

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Although standard blood cholesterol tests (measuring total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and triglycerides) have helped doctors to accurately assess heart disease risk in many patients, recent advances in medical science have demonstrated that conventional cholesterol testing provides only limited insight into the multiple factors that underlie cardiovascular disease. In fact, these tests identify only 40% of those at risk for coronary heart disease.

The good news is, scientists have developed a more advanced blood test that can far more accurately gauge your risk of heart disease. The Vertical Auto Profile (VAP) test augments the standard cholesterol profile with additional measurements that can identify the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Best of all, the VAP test not only offers a comprehensive assessment of cardiovascular risk, but also supplies vital information that can help you and your doctor formulate a customized disease-prevention program and measure its progress over time. This powerful diagnostic tool can help you take the steps necessary to avoid preventable health catastrophes -- like heart attack and stroke -- today.

The baby-boom generation understands that as they age, their risk for heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular events continues to increase. Not content to succumb to disease and disability, this population is embracing a proactive, preventive approach to health care that includes advanced techniques of risk assessment such as the Vertical Auto Profile (VAP) cholesterol test.

Awareness of the VAP test is important for anyone who wants to stop cardiovascular disease in its tracks, even before signs and symptoms manifest. The VAP test is performed just like a traditional cholesterol panel: a technician or nurse draws blood and submits it to a laboratory. At reasonable cost, the VAP test provides more information than routine cholesterol tests and expands on this data. The comprehensive information derived from the VAP test enables physicians to more accurately predict their patients' risk of heart disease, and to customize more aggressive, patient-specific treatment plans.

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Great post to help raise awareness! Lets hope the VAP test becomes the 'standard' cholesterol type test. I agree that lipoprotein (a) is often ignored and rarely meantioned in articles.

I read a study last month that showed people with higher levels of lipoprotein (a), were more likely to have heart attacks. I hope as more studies like that reach doctors and patients, more people will start paying attention! Especially when they know the statins they take are not lowering this type of cholesterol.

This is the study review I wrote of the research that was published in the American Medical Association in June. Helping to spread the word!

July 5, 2009 - 1:08pm
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