An estimated one in five people has elevated levels of a type of cholesterol called lipoprotein(a) which can increase the risk for cardiovascular disease, including blocked arteries, blood clots, and stroke. Dr. Kahn discusses how this condition is a factor of genetics rather than poor lifestyle choices, pinpoints who need to have their levels checked, and explains which types of tests to request.
He also shares research that shows plant-based diets, in general, provide the best defense against heart attacks, strokes, and cardiovascular disease and can play an important role in protecting individuals with elevated lipoprotein(a) levels.
Joel Kahn, MD, FACC of Detroit, Michigan, is a practicing cardiologist and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He founded the Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity in Bingham Farms, MI.