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A 48-year-old male asked:

I have an outstanding lipid profile (total, hdl, ldl). the doctor says it is one of the best he's seen. i have a family history of heart disease by age 60. any need for lipid nmr?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
No: Lipid NMR has not been proven to provide useful information for assessing risk for cardiovascular disease.
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Dr. Liviu Klein
Cardiology 25 years experience
No: If your ldl, HDL and tg are completely within ideal limits (i.e. Ldl < 100, HDL > 50, tg < 100), there is no need for nmr. Nmr is needed in unusual lipid profile and early family history of coronary disease (in the 40s).
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 30 years experience
Apparently,YES.: This profile is a special test that uses nuclear magnetic resonance or NMR to observe the amount and type(s) of your LDL particles in your body, along with vldl and hdl. With this, your doctor can make more accurate treatment decisions. You might want this because about 50% of heart attacks occur in those with good readings, and if you have other issues like diabetes, your risk goes up.
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Last updated Jun 10, 2014

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