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Apolipoprotein A1 Test
It is a test used to measure the level of Apolipoprotein A1 in the blood. This protein is associated with High-Density Lipoprotein Particles. HDL is good cholesterol and its adequate levels are needed to live a healthy life. Increased level of Apolipoprotein A1 is associated with an increased level of HDL and Its low level is associated with a low HDL level. The More the level of HDL, the less are the chances of cardiovascular events. Hence it is very much important for an individual to keep a regular check on the level of this protein.
Why this test is carried out Cardiovascular accidents are the second most common cause of death in the United States of America. An individual needs to keep a check on his lipid status to prevent long term devastating consequences. Apart from this, you should get tested if
- You have a family history of Cardiovascular accidents
- If you have crossed 40 years
- If you have deranged cholesterol level
- If your healthcare professional wants to check the effectiveness of anti-lipid drugs
- If you want to assess the risk of CVA
- Any weakness in the body either generalized or focal
- Chest pain and heaviness
How to Interpret the results
It is normal if Greater than 120 mg/dL (1.2 g/L) in men and Greater than 140 mg/dL (1.4 g/L in women.Low level is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular as well as cerebrovascular accidents. This test is performed by drawing a sample of blood from your Vein and the results will be available within a day or two.
As such no special instructions are needed but one can do a fast of at least 8 hours to get accurate results