Item Catalog Number: LC100009
The VAP® PLUS panel was designed to assess multiple independent cardiac risk factors such as:
- VAP® Test
- C-Reactive Protein (high sensitivity)
- PLAC® Test (Lp-PLA2)
- Vitamin D 25-hydroxy
The VAP® test provides a more comprehensive heart disease risk assessment than a conventional cholesterol test, by directly measuring (not estimating) total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, VLDL, and several clinically relevant cholesterol subclasses.
It is theorized that high blood levels of homocysteine may directly damage the delicate endothelial cells that line the inside of arteries and result in vascular inflammation, blood clot formation, and arterial plaque rupture.
Life Extension® has also identified fibrinogen as an independent risk factor for heart disease and ischemic stroke.
The C-Reactive Protein (CRP) blood test measures the level of systemic inflammation. Life Extension® believes that inflammation is the common denominator of all chronic age-related diseases.
Recent research has shown that vitamin D is important to every cell and tissue throughout the body. From proper immune function and bone density to heart health and mood disorders, vitamin D is critical for optimal health.
The PLAC® test is different from standard cholesterol tests and blood tests for inflammation because Lp-PLA2 is a specific cardiovascular risk factor that provides unique information about the stability of arterial plaques. Unstable arterial plaques can rupture, leading to an acute heart attack or stroke.
An 8 to 12 hour fast is required for this blood test. However, drink plenty of water and take your medications as prescribed.