|August 14, 2013||
Beyond the lipid panel: Cardiovascular biomarkers enhance assessment, individulaization and monitoring
By Kelly C. Heim, Ph.D.
The standard lipid profile is the most basic and widely utilized screening tool in cardiovascular medicine. While an important component of overall assessment, approximately half of all individuals faced with a cardiovascular event had normal values on their lipid panel. This common test overlooks important structural and biochemical occurrences within the arterial wall. A rapidly expanding body of clinical research has clearly demonstrated that these underlying processes are valuable indicators of heart health.