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Link between Lp(a) and Aortic Valve Disease

Tuesday, February 21, 2017   (0 Comments)
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February 21, 2017 - Lipoprotein(a) Foundation Supports National Heart Valve Disease Month, Highlights Genetic Link between Lp(a) and Aortic Valve Disease


Studies Demonstrate that High Lp(a) is Strongest Independent Genetic Risk for Aortic Valve Disease

SAN CARLOS, Calif.--()--In advance of the first-ever National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day, the Lipoprotein(a) Foundation is highlighting a number of studies that demonstrate the impact of elevated Lp(a) and its significance as an independent, genetic risk factor for early cardiovascular disease. Recently published research has shown that elevated Lp(a) is the strongest independent genetic risk factor for heart valve disease and individuals with high Lp(a) may also be susceptible to earlier and more aggressive valve disease.

“These data demonstrate that among those with high Lp(a), nearly one third of heart attacks and half of all cases of aortic stenosis can be attributed to high Lp(a) and may be preventable with Lp(a) lowering therapy. Lowering Lp(a) could significantly reduce the impact of cardiovascular disease”

The Lipoprotein(a) Foundation has partnered with the Alliance for Aging Research to promote National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day on February 22, during National Heart Month. The Lipoprotein(a) Foundation recently issued an Infographic to raise awareness about aortic valve disease, including aortic stenosis, the most common form of valve disease in the Western world. More than 5 million adults in the U.S. are estimated to have some form of aortic valve disease and some 15,000 die every year.1 For more information about patients with high Lp(a) and valve disease, visit

George Thanassoulis, MD MSc FRCP(C), Director of Preventive and Genomic Cardiology at the McGill University Health Center and Associate Professor at McGill University, Montreal, and a member of the Lipoprotein(a) Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board, has been involved in three recent studies linking elevated levels of Lp(a) and aortic valve disease.

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