Although routine lipid screening plays an important role in determining your risk for cardiovascular disease, it does not provide information on the dangerous inflammation present in the walls of your arteries. Nearly 50% of all heart attacks occur in people with "normal" cholesterol levels because vascular inflammation, not cholesterol.
Let's briefly examine how Myeloperoxidase (MPO) works…
When your artery wall is damaged or inflamed, MPO is released by invading white blood cells called macrophages. MPO then oxidizes LDL (your bad cholesterol), making it atherogenic, which then oxidizes HDL (your good cholesterol) rendering it dysfunctional. This cascade of events results in inflammation linked to plaque formation in your artery wall.1 Myeloperoxidase also activates enzymes that are linked to plaque vulnerability and rupture. This combination of detrimental effects shows that MPO is actively involved in both the initiation and progression of atherosclerosis, a chronic inflammatory disease of the arterial wall!
Still not concerned that you are at risk for a heart attack? Let's look at the facts about MPO levels and cardiovascular risk:
Simply put…Myeloperoxidase (MPO) is a vascular specific marker that measures your body's response to damage in your artery walls and the subsequent formation of vulnerable plaque which is prone to rupture!
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