Does your patient have a lipid problem you can’t see?

For years, the traditional lipid panel has been the standard of care for risk assessment and monitoring cardiovascular disease (CVD) or dyslipidemia, with low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels being the main target of treatment. However, while a traditional lipid panel measures the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides within lipoprotein particles, additional diagnostic tests can help identify other risk factors, including the number of atherogenic particles and the size of these particles.

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Practice advancement: a multimarker strategy for CVD risk stratification

How many patients are you treating for heart disease or its warning signs, e.g., hypertension or hyperlipidemia? You probably know the number or have a general sense. Now, here’s the harder question: how many of those patients are at higher risk of their disease progressing or of having a heart attack or stroke? In other words, which patients should you be monitoring more closely?

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Get a better grip on rheumatoid arthritis

You enter the exam room and greet your patient, a 38-year-old mother of three, including a 1-year-old boy she has with her today. She’s asked to see you because she’s been experiencing pain and tenderness in her wrist joints for several months. She had rationalized the pain by attributing it to toting her baby around and “approaching 40,” but her husband urged her to have it checked out.

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Drug misuse: is there something your patient isn’t telling you?

Your patient, a 56-year-old male, has come to see you complaining of lower back pain. It’s been 4 months since you prescribed hydromorphone for his pain, and up until now follow-up has been very positive: he has reported pain relief at each required monthly checkup. Now he’s back prematurely, 2 weeks before his next scheduled monthly visit.

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Help prevent cervical cancer with the right screening at the right time

Once the leading cause of cancer death for women in the U.S., cervical cancer is now the easiest gynecologic cancer to prevent—due to regular screening.1 In the last 40 years, routine Pap smears have helped to significantly reduce the number of cervical cancer cases and deaths in the U.S.2

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