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    Apolipoprotein(a): What Role in Atrial Fibrillation?

    Studies suggest lipoprotein(a) (Lp[a]) is both proatherosclerotic and prothrombotic; elevated plasma levels of Lp(a) have been linked to increased risk for coronary heart disease and stroke. Lp(A) is also associated with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease which, in turn, is linked with atrial fibrillation (AF). Lp(a) levels are about three times higher in blacks vs whites and 15% to 20% higher in women vs men--but the incidence of AF in blacks and women is lower. The slides that follow highlight a recent study designed to address the question: What is the link between Lp(a) and the development of AF?


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