Lipid Screening in Women
Reprint of an
from the Article Codex website,
Introduction by Dr. Don Rose,
discusses Advanced Lipoprotein Fingerprinting, a more
precise cholesterol test that lets doctors identify health risks that traditional
screens may miss. This advanced technique can help
doctors diagnose early warning signs for heart disease. --Don Rose
Facts prove the benefits of
lowering cholesterol in various populations continues to grow, but questions still
remain about screening and treatment of lipid disorders in women. Even though data
from primary prevention trials in women remain thin, recent trials demonstrating
benefits of cholesterol reduction across a broad range of cholesterol levels and
cardiac risk in men and women encourage the conclusion that benefits may extend
to asymptomatic women who are otherwise at high risk for coronary disease.
screening beginning in middle age will identify most women who are at high enough
risk to merit drug therapy or more detailed consideration of age, diabetes, blood
pressure, and other risk factors can more accurately estimate individual risk of
coronary heart disease. Advice about healthy diet, weight control, and physical
activity can benefit all women.
Fingerprinting is a more precise cholesterol test that allows doctors to identify
health risks that traditional screens miss. Doctors now have a precise reading
not only of a patient's cholesterol levels but other independent risk factors known
to be associated with heart disease.
The process separates
lipids in the blood to create a detailed cholesterol profile that helps doctors
identify patients at risk for heart disease. The detailed graph allows a doctor
to precisely analyze a patient's overall risk profile and monitor the effectiveness
of a diet or treatment regimen.
analytical technique can help doctors diagnose early warning signs for coronary
heart disease, which kills more than 2,600 Americans a day, according to the American
Heart Association. High LDL cholesterol is a major cause of coronary heart disease,
according to the National Cholesterol Education Program.
Aiming to identify
early risk factors, the National Cholesterol Education Program issued guidelines
calling for more comprehensive cholesterol screens as well as other risk factors
not included in the cholesterol screen.
particularly in youth, is the key to slowing down the development of heart disease
in later life. Advanced cholesterol screening is a valuable tool that is gaining
acceptance among medical insurers.
Texas A&M University
researchers created Advanced Lipoprotein Fingerprinting as
a more precise cholesterol test that allows doctors to identify health risks that
traditional screens miss. LipidLabs further refined the Advanced Lipoprotein
Fingerprinting Process and made Advanced Lipoprotein Fingerprinting available for
commercialization. LipidLabs' results translate to more accurate and specific
data on which to make clinical judgments and guide patient therapy and prevention
at reasonable costs.
Dr. D.S. Merchant
Gold Medalist (Anatomy & Histology)
Advanced Lipid Cholesterol Screening :
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