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Lipoprotein (a), Lp(a)

Lipoprotein (a), Lp(a)

The Lp(a) test is used to measure the blood level of small dense lipoproteins, which are a direct link to the formation of arterial plaques (atherosclerosis), and is a strong indicator for coronary heart disease.

Elevated blood levels of lipoprotein are associated with increased risk of cardiac death in individuals with a history of acute heart attacks and coronary bypass procedures. Lp(a) also increases  risk for coronary heart disease and ischemic stroke. An 8 to 12 hour fast is required for this blood test. However, drink plenty of water and take  medications as prescribed.

Special Note: Intake of alcohol, aspirin, niacin, and estrogen supplements have the potential of causing a misrepresentation of true Lp(a) concentrations.