The lipoprotein (a) test measures the levels of this lipoprotein in the blood, giving an indication of the amount of LDL that is being transported around the body.
Lipoprotein (a) is a type of lipoprotein that carries cholesterol around in the blood. It is very similar to low-density lipoprotein (LDL) which is a type of cholesterol found in the body. This has frequently been considered the “bad” type of cholesterol as it is involved in the disease processes associated with atherosclerosis which inevitably leads to heart disease and cerebrovascular accidents. The lipoprotein (a) test measures the levels of this lipoprotein in the blood, giving an indication of the amount of LDL that is being transported around the body, in order to determine the cardiovascular risk of the patient and to establish the need for statin therapy.
This test is performed in following conditions such as:
• Cigarette smoking
• Being overweight or obese
• Unhealthy diet
• Increasing age (men above 45)
• High blood pressure
• Family history of heart disease
• Current heart disease
Also Known As: Lp(a)
Intake of alcohol, aspirin, niacin and estrogen supplements have the potential of causing a misrepresentation of true LP (a) concentrations. The Lipoprotein (a) test has no fasting requirements.
Estimated Time Taken
Turnaround time for the Lipoprotein-a test is typically 1-3 business days.