I checked on-line about Lp(a) and it said that it's a risk factor indicator. Some websites (and I don't mean WikiPedia) said there's nothing I can actually DO about the number, like bring it down. It's something that a doctor will look at to determine how predisposed I might be to clogged arteries. Other websites say there IS something I can do. Some websites say both things at the same time... Ah, the Information Superhighway.
The New England Journal of Medicine reports the findings of a study they did to track older people with various Lp(a) levels over a period of many years and see if they lived or not. It seemed the higher the number, the more likely these fogies were to have a stroke or just die in general! Nice. The levels in the study ranged from 8 or 10 to as high as 45! Imagine that! The guys with 45 had double the risk of stroke and THREE TIMES the risk of death (from what, they didn't say, but I'm guessing sticky arteries) and I'm skating up there, over double that, at 103...!
So, yeah, I'm doomed.
It made me feel crappy for most of the day after I read that. I didn't start crying again, oddly. You'd think this would be a good reason to. But it made for a great day at work. My mortality hanging over my head while I tried to write witty ads.