Annals of clinical biochemistry vol:35 ( Pt 1) pages:75-9
The lipoprotein(a) (Lp(a)) time course during and after coronary artery bypass grafting was examined in 20 caucasoid patients, in relation to the time courses of serum cholesterol and serum triglycerides. Samples were taken at eight different time points. Baseline geometric means (SD) for Lp(a), cholesterol and triglycerides were 115 (336) mg/L, 5.73 (1.10) mmol/L and 1.73 (1.21) mmol/L, respectively. Up to 10 min after cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) and after correction for haemodilution, no observable effect of CPB on serum concentrations of Lp(a) could be demonstrated, whereas serum concentrations of total cholesterol and triglycerides showed a progressive and significant decline. Ten minutes after stopping CPB geometric means for cholesterol and triglyceride were 3.90 (0.82) and 0.90 (0.58) mmol/L, respectively. At the third post-operative day geometric Lp(a) and cholesterol means decreased to 62(90) mg/L and 2.97 (0.84) mmol/L, respectively, while triglycerides went up. It is concluded that Lp(a) levels remain constant during CPB, but mimic total cholesterol changes in the post-CABG period.