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FACT: at least 50% of patients who present with acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) had “normal” or treated cholesterol levels.  

· cardiovascular,Heart Health,Lab Testing

In a new study by the Cleveland Clinic’s Heart Lab in the peer-reviewed journal Future Cardiology, doctors now know that the most effective way to assess (and improve) a patient’s cardiovascular risk level is to utilize multi-marker screening panels instead of a single conventional lipid-only testing (compromised of total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and Triglycerides).  An example of an advanced biomarker affecting cardiovascular health is inflammation - which was a strong predictors of plaque rupture. High cholesterol in your blood is NOT what drives the risk for heart disease or heart attack!

The best news? Elevated cholesterol values are effectively treated by diet and lifestyle modifications. In fact, the INTERHEART study spanning 50 countries around the world determined that 90% of heart diseases are even completely preventable!  

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Dr. Kristen Halland is a chiropractor with specialty certifications in acupuncture and functional medicine nutrition. She has enjoyed serving the northwest suburbs of Chicago since 2010 from our Hoffman Estates, IL location alongside her Integrative Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, massage therapist, chiropractic colleague, and a great support team! Dr. Halland enjoys blogging about natural treatments, staying modern and accessible with virtual appointment access for her patients, and her podcast, The Nutrition & Lifestyle Review.