The VAP Cholesterol Test - Lipoprotein Subfractionation Profile
VAP Cholesterol Test
One of the most comprehensive tests on the market today, the Vertical Auto Profile (VAP) Cholesterol gives an accurate, individualized picture of a persons potential heart disease and diabetes risk. It measures and reports 22 different components of cholesterol and identifies risks that cannot be seen with a standard lipid panel. While routine cholesterol testing measures total cholesterol, including high-density (HDL) and triglycerides, then calculates the low-density (LDL), the VAP technology provides a range of sub-classes that can serve as a powerful tool in the fight against cardio-vascular disease.
This detailed information allows physicians to identify and treat patients who might have been under-diagnosed or misdiagnosed with a conventional cholesterol profile. Among its other key benefits:
- The VAP test is based upon a gold standard method of measuring LDL cholesterol, the bad cholesterol that often triggers cardio-vascular disease. Routine tests can underestimate LDL by up to 20 percent, interfering with preventive and treatment plans.
- One of the goals for many physicians is setting a correct LDL level for their patients. In some individuals with cholesterol abnormalities, including elevated lipoprotein and small, dense LDL particles, the VAP test can find and measure these abnormalities, missed or unable to be seen in standard testing.
- The VAP Cholesterol test can also identify Metabolic Syndrome, a precursor to diabetes and a major risk factor in heart disease.
Bottom line: The VAP can uncover hidden heart disease risks not detected by standard cholesterol testing. Obtaining the test is as simple as getting routine cholesterol check, requiring only a small blood sample.
Lipoprotein Subfractionation Profile
If you have a family history of cardiac or vascular disease at an early age, the Lipoprotein Subfractionation Profile can help your physician assess your risk and monitor the lifestyle changes often recommended with cardio-vascular patients. This test provides better information than standard testing for LDL, HDL and total cholesterol numbers Lipoproteins are carrier molecules used by the body to transport lipid substances through the blood. LDL (bad cholesterol) is lipid substances deposited in the arteries, causing plaque to form and create dangerous blockages. The good cholesterol, HDL, works to remove cholesterol and send it back to the liver for recycling or excretion. Its other purpose is to send cholesterol to the organs that help create hormones. Subfraction tests are much more sensitive than standard blood cholesterol tests and can measure up to 20 different factors, including the size and pattern of cholesterol particles.
The Lipoprotein Subfractionation Profile provides a thorough analysis of an individuals serum lipoproteins, a clear indicator for developing coronary artery disease (CAD), by measuring each fraction of the cholesterol component. Low-density, high-density and very low-density are further subfractionated according to size and density.
Learning particle size helps better define cholesterol levels and determine treatment plans. The smaller the molecule, the more difficult it is for the body to find it and eliminate. These small molecules, known as pattern B may lead your physician to choose a more aggressive treatment.
This state-of-the-art profile testing can help increase the odds that health risks for coronary artery disease (CAD) are caught early and minimized, particularly in cases where family history of CAD is strong.
Results from this test will take 5 to 7 days.
Only available from LabCorp NOT Quest
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