Routine lipid screening plays an important role in cardiovascular risk assessment, but it may not adequately identify risk of adverse events. In fact, nearly 50% of all heart attacks and strokes occur in patients who had “normal” cholesterol levels.3 Evidence suggests that inflammation within the artery wall is a key contributor to residual risk for heart attack and stroke, contributing to both vulnerable plaque formation and to plaque rupture.
Inflammation can be easily measured with advanced testing to more fully assess cardiovascular risk. Monitoring a patient’s inflammatory status may help you to uncover hidden risk from early to advanced stages of cardiovascular disease. With deeper insights, you can take further action to help reduce your patients’ cardiovascular risk.