So, you had your cholesterol tested recently and some or all of your values are out of the normal range. We always recommend discussing your lab results with your physician and together you may decide to recheck your cholesterol lipid levels with a more sophisticated test: NMR LipoProfile.
The NMR LipoProfile test indicates the number of LDL particles (LDL-P). The blood test is used to assess your risk of cardiac heart disease and a means to provide a protocol to minimize the damaging affects of cholesterol. Knowing your LDL particle information along with your LDL cholesterol values provides a more complete picture to manage and maintain your heart health.
The NMR LipoProfile test should be used in conjunction with other lipid measurements (e.g. the typical, inexpensive Lipid Panel) to manage cardiovascular disease.
The typical lipid panel, an inexpensive test, is an excellent way to test for the following components and estimating your risk for heart disease:
- Total Cholesterol
- HDL Cholesterol
- VLDL Cholesterol
- LDL Cholesterol
- Total Cholesterol/HDL Ratio
- Estimated Cardiac Heart Disease (CHD) Risk
The NMR LipoProfile test also includes Total Cholesterol, Triglycerides, HDL, but also measures the LDL density pattern. LDL is what is considered the bad cholesterol and the density pattern provides additional information – small and dense LDL can infiltrate the lining of the artery walls and can aggressively promote plaque formation. It is believed that the smaller, denser LDL particles are more likely to cause clogged arteries than particles that are light and less dense. The NMR LipoProfile test can provide this additional information.
The NMR LipoProfile test also provides an Insulin Resistance Score. The score combines information from lipoprotein particle concentration and size to give improved assessment of insulin resistance and diabetes risk.
Should You Get the NMR LipoProfile Test?
If you have any of these factors that contribute to cardiometabolic risk, the NMR LipoProfile test — The Particle Test — may be right for you:
- Cardiometabolic risk
- Metabolic syndrome
- Previous heart attack
- Family history of heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Low HDL (dyslipidemia)
- High triglycerides
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