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What is lipoprotein(a)?

Ozgen Dogan
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Lipoprotein(a) is produced by the liver and is formed when low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol binds to a protein called apolipoprotein(a). High levels are associated with an increased risk for heart disease. Whether a person has a lot of lipoprotein(a) or a little is chiefly determined by genetics. Niacin, as well as lowering LDL, can reduce high Lp(a) levels.

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