High-Risk Heart Health Lipid and Lp(a) Panel
Do you have a personal history of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) as a young adult, or a strong family history of ASCVD? Having high LDL cholesterol, triglycerides (TG), or lipoprotein (a) increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, especially for those with a history of ASCVD.
Most people with high levels of cholesterol and lipoprotein(a) don't have any symptoms and don't know they are affected. High Lp(a) levels run in families as they are genetically determined. Because Lp(a) levels are determined by your genes, they do not change throughout your lifetime. They are usually unaffected by your diet, lifestyle or environment. This means once you’ve had your Lp(a) level measured, you won’t usually need to have it checked again.
This test panel measures your cholesterol, triglyceride, and lipoprotein(a) levels to determine your risk for, and allow for intervention in helping to lower the risk of, Myocardial Infarction (MI), heart attack, heart disease, and/or stroke.
Who is getting tested? *
Must be 18+ years of age to purchase
Orders not permitted in: AK, HI, AZ
Type of sample to be collected:
Blood (venipuncture - a needle is used to draw blood from a vein)
This panel is an extended lipid panel that measures total cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol (calculated), cholesterol/HDL ratio (calculated), non-HDL cholesterol (calculated), and lipoprotein(a) to determine your risk for heart attack, heart disease, stroke, and other diseases of the blood vessels for those with a history of premature ASCVD not explained by major risk factors.
If the results show you have higher than normal levels of cholesterol, lipoprotein(a), or other abnormal results, you and your healthcare provider can work together to determine next steps.
The benefits of testing
You can get the information you need to support a healthy life - for yourself.
Take control of your health
Conveniently shop and pay online for lab tests without a doctor's visit. An independent physician will review your request and if appropriate, confirm your order and offer oversight.
Schedule and manage your appointments
Conveniently schedule your appointment online at one of our Quest Diagnostics locations. Certain tests may also offer self-testing home delivery.
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View your results through your secure account online. And it's easy to share the result with your doctor.
Cholesterol travels through the bloodstream on particles made of protein and fat (lipoproteins).
Good cholesterol (HDL), bad cholesterol (LDL), and lipoprotein(a) are all lipoproteins that carry cholesterol throughout the body.
Lipoprotein(a), in short Lp(a), is referred to as “genetic” lipoprotein. Lp(a) is an LDL-like particle with an added second protein, apo(a), which acts similarly to a patch of “Velcro” on an LDL particle. It is considered a very “sticky” lipoprotein particle because of the function of the added protein.
Atherosclerotic plaques cause blood vessels to harden and narrow. This restricts the blood flow and oxygen supply to organs. It also increases the risk of blood clots forming. These clots can block the flow of blood, causing heart attack, heart failure, peripheral artery disease or stroke.
Many people may not know they have atherosclerosis because there may not be symptoms. But it can eventually cause problems that are life-threatening. So, it’s important to be aware of cardiovascular disease risk factors and how to manage them.