This test directly measures the number of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) particles circulating in the body. LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) is called “bad” cholesterol because it can build up in the arteries, reducing blood flow. A high level of LDL-C is a risk factor for heart disease. The NMR LipoProfile is different from the traditional tests that measure LDL cholesterol (LDL-C). In most lipid tests, LDL-C is an estimated value. The NMR LipoProfile test directly measures the number of particles—called LDL-P. In some people, LDL-C and LDL-P results show similar risk for heart disease. In other people—particularly people with type 2 diabetes, those being treated with statins, and those with risk factors for heart disease—they are not consistent. In those cases, the NMR LipoProfile test can provide useful information to help assess risk for heart disease. An elevated LDL-P number indicates increased risk for heart disease.
1. Purchase Tests
Choose the test you want (be sure to pick the laboratory you want to use).
Pay by credit card or PayPal®.
You pay directly and we do not bill your insurance.
(Note: to preserve lowest possible per test pricing, a single $10.00 lab fee is applied to one or more blood tests. You will not incur any additional charges at the lab.)
2. Visit a Lab
After purchasing your testing you will receive an email with your lab requisition. Bring this form to the laboratory.
NOTE: Be sure to visit the appropriate laboratory!
If you choose LabCorp only visit a
If you choose Quest Diagnostics only visit a Quest location!
No appointment is needed, but making one can minimize your wait time.
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If you have selected the option to have an At Home Test Kit delivered to you, you will receive your test kit in the mail within 5 to 7 business days. (Not all tests are available as At Home Test Kits.)
3. Get Results
We’ll email you when your results are ready. Sign into your account to view and download your result reports.
Certain result values may prompt a phone call from our ordering provider to ensure the patient is aware of their result.
LDL-P, particle number