Cholesterol test… why is it important?About 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year. Heart disease is the number one killer of women and men in the U.S. High cholesterol and heart disease affect everyone, no matter your race, gender or ethnic background. A Cholesterol Test is a simple procedure performed by a blood draw.
Your risk of heart disease and heart attack depends a lot on your cholesterol level. The higher your LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, the greater your risk. There are no signs or symptoms of high cholesterol. Many people don’t know their cholesterol is too high.
More Than a Cholesterol Test
The NMR Lipo Profile test—The Particle Test—is more than a cholesterol test because it provides the number of LDL particles (LDL-P) along with standard cholesterol information. LDL particle number gives you a more complete picture of your heart health. is a simple blood test and part of your standard blood draw. Your blood is analyzed to give you and your doctor a direct measure of your LDL particle number (LDL-P).
WHY LDL-P IS IMPORTANT
It is important to know that having a high number of LDL particles (LDL-P) is bad. LDL particles carry and deposit cholesterol into your arteries and the cholesterol becomes plaque – often referred to as atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries.
LDL Particles Cause Plaque –
Plaque Progression: More LDL Particles = More Plaque
The higher the number of LDL particles, the greater the likelihood for them to enter the arterial wall and deposit their contents forming atherosclerotic plaque. Measurement of LDL-C on traditional lipid panels does not reflect LDL particle number.
What should you do?
You need regular check-ups if you have heart disease or any heart disease risk factors. Your check-ups should include:
- Blood pressure check.
- LDL blood test.
Talk with your provider about medicines, heart-healthy habits and which tests are right for you.
This is covered by almost all insurance companies.
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