• Test Code - PL0711
  • Test Name - Lipoprotein (a)
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  • Lipoprotein (a) test is done to give your doctor additional information about your risk of developing heart disease as part of a targeted screen for cardiovascular disease (CVD).

  • Lipoprotein (a) test is performed when you have a family history of CVD at a young age when you have heart disease or have had a heart attack or stroke but your lipid profile is normal or shows only mildly elevated cholesterol or low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C).

  • A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm for a Lipoprotein (a) test.

  • No test preparation is required for a Lipoprotein (a) test however, Lp(a) is often performed at the same time as a lipid profile and fasting for 9-12 hours may be required for the lipid profile.

  • A high Lp(a) level may increase a person's risk for developing CVD and cerebral vascular disease. High Lp(a) can occur in people with a normal lipid profile. An elevated level of Lp(a) is thought to contribute to risk of heart disease independently of other lipids.

  • The level of Lp(a) is genetically determined and is not easily modified by lifestyle changes or drugs. However, some non-genetic conditions may also lead to elevated Lp(a). These include oestrogen depletion, familial hypercholesterolemia, severe hypothyroidism, uncontrolled diabetes, chronic renal failure, and nephrotic syndrome.

  • There are no known problems associated with low Lp(a). Many individuals have no detectable Lp(a) in their blood.


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