Cholesterol is carried in the body by molecules called lipoproteins. It is these lipoproteins that can clog the arteries, not the amount of cholesterol in them. Research has shown that there are different sizes of LDL and HDL particles; some are much more dangerous than others. Advanced lipoprotein testing identifies these particles and gives your doctor more information to help make an effective treatment decision to reduce your risk of heart disease. According to the National Cholesterol Education Program, 50% of people who have a heart attack have normal cholesterol levels. This type of advanced testing is especially recommended if there is a personal or family history of diabetes; you’re LDL, HDL, and/or triglyceride levels are elevated; you are overweight; you have metabolic syndrome; or you are taking cholesterol lowering medications.
Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician offers advanced lipoprotein testing to her patients. Offices are maintained in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida. Please call the office at (813) 902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.