WELCOME to the Center for Advanced Lipid Management (CALM)
The standard cholesterol test (also known as a "lipid profile") that has been done for the past 40 years has served us well as an easy test to perform. While it can detect quite a few patients who are at high risk for artery disease, it unfortunately misses a large percentage of people. In fact, 50% of people who present to the hospital with a heart attack have "normal" LDL cholesterol levels!1 These are people who had no idea they were at high risk for an event. Fortunately today we have newer and more accurate ways of detecting people at risk for heart attacks and strokes.
1. Blood tests
- Lipoprotein analysis by NMR technology
- Cardiovascular biomarkers
- Cholesterol absorption and synthesis markers
- Omega-3 index testing
2. Imaging Studies
- CIMT– Carotid Intima Medial Thickness is an ultrasound that measures the thickness of your arterial lining. Based on the results of this test, vascular age can be predicted. It is safe, non-invasive examination that involves no radiation.
- CACS – Coronary Artery Calcium Score: This test is a CT scan that records images of your heart blood vessels and calculates the amount of calcium embedded in the arteries. The higher the amount of calcium, the higher your future risk. This test involves a small amount of radiation.
1Sachdeva et. al., American Heart Journal Volume 157, Issue 1 , Pages 111-117.e2, January 2009. Lipid levels in patients hospitalized with coronary artery disease: An analysis of 136,905 hospitalizations in Get With The Guidelines