Heart Health Blood Test - What we look for
Cholesterol is a soft, wax-like substance found in all parts of the body. Contrary to popular belief, cholesterol is not bad, in fact, it is just one of the many substances created and used by our bodies to keep us healthy. However, too much cholesterol can clog your arteries and lead to heart disease.
Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL)
LDL cholesterol is considered the “bad” cholesterol because it contributes to plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can clog arteries and make them less flexible. Higher levels of LDL raise your risk of heart disease.
High density Lipoproteins (HDL)
HDL, or high-density lipoprotein, or "good" cholesterol, is the one type of cholesterol that is helpful. HDL cholesterol acts as a "scavenger" of excess cholesterol, bringing extra cholesterol from arteries and the body back to the liver to be metabolized. This means that higher levels of HDL cholesterol are actually better.
Triglycerides are a type of fat that, if elevated, can increase cardiovascular risk by increasing the number of small dense LDL particles and decreasing the number of HDL particles.
Lp-PLA2 (PLAC) Test
Lp-PLA2 is a key risk marker for cardiovascular disease (CVD), including coronary heart disease (CHD), and ischemic stroke.
C Reactive Protein (High Sensitivity)
Elevated CRP is associated with inflammation anywhere in the body – a systemic inflammatory marker (heart disease, arthritis, sinus infection,
Understanding your HDL, LDL, total cholesterol, and triglycerides levels is an excellent step in defining your cardiovascular health. The PLAC® test helps you to identify signs of ischemic stroke and coronary heart disease. It is also good to note that excess cholesterol can block your arteries and cause heart ailment. Visit us today and have a comprehensive check of your health status.