New Blood Test for Heart Disease

The Journal of the American Medical Association reports a blood test that might be very enlightening in selecting patients who are at high risk for heart disease and who should pay close attention to their life style.

That test is for a more detailed component of the cholesterol in our blood called "LIPOPROTEIN (a)".

Male patients between the ages of 20 and 54 with an elevated level of this chemical were found to be twice as likely to develop premature heart disease than men without the high levels.

This is another important tool in the fight against heart disease.

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