Lipoprotein-Associated Phospholipase A2 Blood Test
Test Code: 123283
Specimen Type: Blood
Lipoprotein-Associated Phospholipase A2 Blood Test (Labcorp)
The Lipoprotein-Associated Phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2/PLAC) test is typically used to assess a person's risk for certain types of cardiovascular disease as well as events like a heart attack. Lp-PLA2 is an enzyme which is usually bound to LDL, often called the "bad" cholesterol, in the blood and plays a role in the inflammation of blood vessels. Research indicates that elevated Lp-PLA2 levels are a strong indicator of risk for coronary heart disease, ischemic stroke and heart attack even in people with no history of heart problems.
This test is usually ordered when someone has been identified as having risk factors for heart disease such as high cholesterol or blood pressure. A Lp-PLA2 test is often ordered with a C-Reactive Protein High Sensitivity test to look for additional markers for heart disease. Results for these tests should be reviewed by a doctor before attempting to make a diagnosis.
Turnaround time for the Lp-PLA2 test is typically 2-3 business days.
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Fasting prior to blood draw is preferred but not required.