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Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy

What is Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy?

A new type of cholesterol test called nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is becoming available. The NMR is a technique using radio waves to determine to structure, including the size and concentration, of organic compounds. Hence, this test measures the actual size and number of your LDL and HDL cholesterol particles. It is possible that the size and amount of each type of cholesterol is a more precise indicator of your risk of heart disease.

Because so much research using NMR technology is being conducted, physicians may be able to develop better treatment plans for their patients. The research results of will give physicians the insight to select the most efficient medications for each individualized patient, depending on their lipoprotein size and concentration. Patients may achieve optimal results faster and even help certain patients receive life saving help more quickly by eliminating the need to switch medications when they are not working.

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