Lipoprotein(a) Foundation Thanks Bob Harper for Revealing High Lp(a) Levels Led to His Recent Heart Attack on The Dr Oz Show | Business Wire

SAN CARLOS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Lipoprotein(a) Foundation commends health and fitness expert Bob

Harper for sharing the genetic condition that led to his recent heart

attack on The Dr Oz Showhigh levels of Lipoprotein(a), also

known as Lp(a).

When doctors discuss heart health, they're not concerned about

cholesterol itself. Rather the lipoprotein packages that carry

cholesterol through the bloodstream. While most people are familiar with

LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and HDL (high-density lipoprotein),

packages in the blood that carry what's often referred to as “bad” and

“good” cholesterol, Lp(a) carries bad cholesterol and other bad lipids

into your artery walls. High levels of Lp(a) travel through the

bloodstream and enter into the arteries, leading to gradual narrowing of

the artery that can limit blood supply to the heart or brain and can

increase the risk of blood clots, heart attack, stroke and aortic

stenosis. High levels of Lp(a) also increase your risk of a blood clot.

Lp(a) is currently the strongest genetic risk factor for coronary heart

disease and aortic stenosis. Unfortunately. Some people like Bob

Harper, the first sign of disease is a heart attack or stroke. One in 5

people globally have inherited high Lp(a) – 63 million in the U.S.Lp(a)

concentrations can be measured by a simple blood test. It's not

included in most standard lipid panel tests that check cholesterol

levels.The Lipoprotein(a) Foundation recently issued an Infographic

to raise awareness that a simple blood test could be the first step in

preventing up to 120,000 cardiovascular events every year. For more

information about patients with high Lp(a) and heart disease, visit

“We want to thank Bob Harper for sharing his story and reinforcing the

fact that fit, healthy people can inherit factors like Lp(a) that cause

early heart disease. We commend his efforts to educate people about the

need for CPR education and to push for mandatory AEDs in every gym,”

said Sandra Revill Tremulis, founder of Lipoprotein(a) Foundation.

“There is a growing body of research that links high Lp(a) to heart

attacks and strokes. The mission of the Lipoprotein(a) Foundation is to

empower patients and prevent cardiovascular events due to high Lp(a)

through proper testing and diagnosis and we hope that Bob Harper’s story

will help raise awareness about genetic causes of heart disease.”

About The Lipoprotein(a) Foundation

Because approximately 63 million Americans have high Lp(a) and are at

risk of premature cardiovascular disease, the vision for the foundation

is: To live in a world where high Lp(a) is routinely diagnosed,

treated and family screened. The mission is to prevent

cardiovascular events due to high Lp(a) by diagnosing this inherited

risk for cardiovascular disease. Educating and empowering patients and

saving lives. Our goal is to save lives by increasing awareness,

advocating for routine testing. Supporting research that'll lead

to a specific treatment for high Lp(a). Based in San Carlos, California,

the Lipoprotein(a) Foundation is a patient-founded, 501(c)3 non-profit

organization. To learn more about high Lp(a) visit:

Citations available upon request.

Lipoprotein(a) Foundation
Sandra Revill Tremulis, MBA, 650-995-3242
President and Founder
[email protected]