(ORDO NEWS) — American experts have found that people with high levels of calcium in the coronary arteries and cholesterol in the blood have an increased risk of stroke or heart attack.
Patients with high levels of Lp(a) (lipoprotein (a), or “bad” cholesterol) and CAC (coronary artery calcium) have a 22 percent risk of heart attack, according to researchers at Texas Southwestern University. or stroke within the next 10 years.
A panel of experts during the course of the study found that with elevated levels of Lp (a) and CAC, the likelihood of stroke and heart attack was 22 percent in the next 10 years, and with only one of the indicators – 10-15 percent.
The experts also identified three trends associated with the likelihood of stroke and heart attack. If a person has high Lp(a) and high CAC, then he is more at risk of developing these disorders; if Lp(a) is high and CAC is absent, then the risk of heart attack or stroke is low; if Lp(a) is low, CAC is high, then the risk is above average.
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