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Nuclear magnetic resonance utilizes imaging that produces a representation of the lipoproteins found in a simple blood sample. An easy way to understand the concept of NMR technology is to compare it to the ringing of bells. When a group of bells is struck, the frequency of the sound separates the ring of one bell from another while the loudness of the sound reflects the number of bells struck. By recording the "ringing" of all of the lipoproteins in a blood sample, it is possible to identify the number and type of lipoprotein particles present.
With the NMR LipoProfile® test you can get a direct measure of:
LDL particles are the containers that transport cholesterol through your blood stream. The higher the number of LDL particles (LDL-P), the more likely they are to break through the wall of the arteries and form the plaque that is called 'atherosclerosis' or hardening of the arteries.
Like all lipid testing, the NMR LipoProfile® test requires you to fast for 8 to 12 hours prior to your blood draw. However, drink plenty of water and take your medications as prescribed.
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