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This panel contains the following tests:
The VAP® PLUS panel was designed by Life Extension® to assess multiple independent cardiac risk factors.
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.
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.