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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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