Bingham Farms Cardiologist Joel Kahn Publishes Book to Help People with High Cholesterol

Dr. Joel Kahn, a clinical professor of medicine at the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, has published a new book that he says has the potential to help the more than 1 billion people who have a particular form of high cholesterol.
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Lipoprotein(a), The Heart’s Quiet Killer: A Diet and Lifestyle Guide cover
“Lipoprotein(a), The Heart’s Quiet Killer: A Diet and Lifestyle Guide,” discusses a form of cholesterol that many people are unaware they have. // Photo courtesy of Dr. Joel Kahn

Dr. Joel Kahn, a clinical professor of medicine at the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, has published a new book that he says has the potential to help the more than 1 billion people who have a particular form of high cholesterol.

The 128-page book, titled “Lipoprotein(a), The Heart’s Quiet Killer: A Diet and Lifestyle Guide,” retails for $19.95 and focuses on a form of cholesterol that can cause clogged arteries, strokes, and other forms of heart disease that many people are unaware that they have.

“This type of cholesterol is widely unknown, and it does not appear in normal testing, leaving people who have high levels of Lp(a) with the very real prospect of being struck down at any time,” says Kahn, author of three other books. “Fitness trainer Bob Harper, of the television show “The Biggest Loser,” discovered this fact the hard way: his heart attack occurred while he was working out at a gym. Harper later learned that his high level of Lipoprotein(a) was the culprit.”

In the book, Kahn, who founded the Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity in Bingham Farms and owns GreenSpace and Go in Royal Oak, offers a primer on heart health, explaining the relationship between high Lp(a) and heart disease, pinpoints who needs to get their levels checked, and outlines what  types of tests to request.

He also reviews common heart medications (such as statins and aspirin) as well as nutraceuticals (such as niacin and coenzyme Q10) alongside new advanced therapies for their ability to lower cholesterol in general and Lp(a) levels in particular.

Kahn concludes, however, that the foundation for avoiding cardiovascular disease must always be built on a healthy lifestyle. He also is the author of “The Plant-Based Solution,” “Dead Execs Don’t Get Bonuses,” and “Vegan Sex.”

Kahn teamed on the project with established plant-based cookbook author Beverly Lynn Bennett, who provides dozens of oil-free recipes that feature foods rich in the components found to be the most protective for heart health, such as fiber and phytochemicals.

“The most effective strategy for boosting heart health is to incorporate a variety of whole-foods plant-based options into your daily meals, and the wide range of delicious recipes provided in this book will get you off to a fantastic start,” Kahn says.

To purchase the book, visit here.

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