Notes on Cholesterol

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Advanced cardiovascular informatics

The Cardiac Fingerprint

Half of all acute cardiac patients don’t exhibit traditional warning signs like blood pressure. New tests give a more complex assessment of an individual’s risk. Here’s how:

SIZE MATTERS: It’s not enough to know how much bad cholesterol (LDL) you have; it’s also good to know the size of the cholesterol particles. It’s now possible to count the dangerous small particles that are more likely to stick to artery walls.

DRILLING DOWN: Not all good Cholesterol (HDL) is created equal. Standard tests measure HDL as a whole. But a new test singles out “HDL 2B,” which is particularly efficient at cleaning arteries. It’s a more specific indicator of vascular health.

BETTER MEASURES: The fastest test take into account recently identified risk factors, such as C-reactive protein (CRP), which can be a sign of inflammation caused by damaged arteries. Inflammation may magnify other risk factors.


Copyright Shera Raisen, M.D. 2003-2021

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to replace the diagnosis,
treatment and services of a physician.
Any recommendations and indications are at the user’s discretion.
For severe or life-threatening conditions, always seek immediate medical attention.

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Be Aware: Public Health Advisory

Los Angeles officials have issued a public health advisory after two dead birds found in Santa Monica tested positive for West Nile Virus. The advisory has been issued to all residents of the city, including residents who live in NMS-owned properties such as LuXe@1539, Olympic Studios, LuXe@Broadway and elsewhere.

WNV is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito, according to the advisory. Mosquitos become infected when they feed on birds that have the disease and sometimes subsequently bite humans or animals.

The advisory lists a series of precautions that residents can take to protect themselves from WNV:

– Use insect repellant to keep off mosquitos, especially in the early morning and evening, when mosquitos carrying WNV are most apt to bite.
– Make sure the doors and windows in your apartment have tight-fitting screens, to prevent mosquitos from entering your home.
– Get rid of any sources of standing water, in which mosquitos can lay eggs.

WNV symptoms include headaches, high fever, tiredness, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph glands.

For more information about the WNV advisory issued in Santa Monica, go here.



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Shera Raisen, MD
11704 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90025