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If you’ve already been screened and know that you have high Lp(a), here’s what you can do moving forward

If your blood test shows that your Lp(a) level exceeds 125 nmol/L (50 mg/dL), your Lp(a) level is high. Finding out you have high Lp(a) may come as a surprise, and it’s normal to be concerned. But it's important to remember that there are things you can do now to take care of your heart, and there are resources and organizations offering help along the way.

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Support your heart health

You can support your heart health by eating a heart-healthy diet, exercising regularly, quitting smoking, getting a good night's sleep, and maintaining a healthy body weight. Talk to your doctor before making significant lifestyle changes. Together, you can plan what's best for you.

High Lp(a) is a genetic risk factor, so while these measures will not affect your Lp(a) level, they can help address other threats to a healthy heart.

Spread the word about high Lp(a)

About 60 million Americans may be affected by high Lp(a) and may not know it. Because high Lp(a) is inherited, a high result for you could mean that other members of your family might also be at risk.

It’s important to start a conversation and encourage family and friends to get screened.

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To learn more about this condition, here are some additional resources.