Lipoprotein (A) Blood Test
Easy sample collection at our clinics or via a home kit.
Results - super fast for most markers (check specific turnaround below), with Health Dashboard explanations.
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About the test
The lipoprotein(a) blood test, often abbreviated as Lp(a) test, is a test used to measure the levels of lipoprotein(a) in a person's blood. Lipoprotein(a) is a type of lipoprotein that consists of a cholesterol particle attached to a specific protein called apolipoprotein (a). It is similar in structure to low-density lipoprotein (LDL), commonly known as "bad cholesterol," but it has additional protein components.
Elevated levels of lipoprotein(a) in the blood have been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, including coronary artery disease and stroke. It is believed that high Lp(a) levels can contribute to the development of atherosclerosis, which is the buildup of plaque in the arteries.
The lipoprotein(a) blood test is typically performed to assess an individual's risk of developing heart disease and to guide treatment decisions. However, it's important to note that while elevated Lp(a) levels are a risk factor, they are just one of many factors that can contribute to cardiovascular disease risk. Other risk factors, such as high LDL cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, and family history, also play important roles in determining an individual's overall risk.
It is worth noting that while Lp(a) is an important biomarker, it is just one part of the larger lipid profile and should be considered in the context of an individual's overall health and risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Regular monitoring of lipid levels, including Lp(a), can help in the early detection and management of cardiovascular risk. The Cholesterol Blood Test is our most popular panel to have on subscription.
Most of the biomarkers we offer in the "ready made" panels are also available separately. So if your favourite test panel is missing a biomarker you would like to have, no problem, you can add whatever you need to one of our standard panels using the "Pick-n-mix" options, such as this one.
Symptoms and tags
Cardiovascular risk worry