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The Lipoprotein blood test is used to measure the level of Lipoprotein (a) in the blood. Lipoprotein is a protein which contains apolipoprotein. Its high level is an indicator of deranged body lipids. We keep an eye on our lipoprotein (a) level to prevent ourselves from atherosclerotic and vascular accidents. High Level of Lipoprotein leads to a high lipid level which promotes devastating complications in the form of hypertension and eventually death. One should keep a regular check on his lipoprotein level irrespective of age because timely management can prevent permanent losses.
Why is the Lpa Blood Test carried out?
Deaths from Vascular accidents are the second most common cause of death in the United States of America. An individual needs to keep a check on his lipoprotein(a) status to prevent long term devastating consequences. Moreover, The AHA and AACE guidelines list High lipoprotein (a) as a strong cause of ASCVD events and may be valuable in identifying patients at increased CVD risk. You should get an lpa cholesterol test done 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
- Pain and heaviness in the chest.
- Having Diabetes for Years.
- If you are overweight or Obese
How to Interpret the lipoprotein a Test Results
It is normal below 30mg/dl. If deranged, you should consult a healthcare practitioner because you are at risk of any vascular event in the future.
One can do a fast of at least 8 hours to get accurate results. We draw blood to check the level of this enzyme in the blood.