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The Lp(a) test is used to measure the blood level of small dense lipoproteins, which are a direct link to the formation of arterial plaques (atherosclerosis), and is a strong indicator for coronary heart disease.
Elevated blood levels of lipoprotein are associated with increased risk of cardiac death in individuals with a history of acute heart attacks and coronary bypass procedures. Lp(a) also increases your risk for coronary heart disease and ischemic stroke.
An 8 to 12 hour fast is required for this blood test. However, drink plenty of water and take your medications as prescribed. Do not take your supplements the morning of the test. This lipoprotein blood test is included in the Life Extension® advanced cholesterol test (VAP test).
The laboratory services are for informational purposes only. It is not the intention of National Diagnostics, Inc and Life Extension to provide specific medical advice but rather to provide users with information to better understand their health. Specific medical advice including diagnosis and treatment will not be provided. Always seek the advice of a trained health professional for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Both the physician and the testing laboratory are independent contractors with whom National Diagnostics, Inc makes arrangements for your blood tests. Neither National Diagnostics, Inc or Life Extension will be liable for any acts or omissions of the physician, the testing laboratory, or their agents or employees.