NMR LipoProfile Test
NMR LipoProfile Test
The NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) Lipoprofile is a heart health test that provides useful information in assessing a person's risk for heart disease. Cholesterol plays an important part in the formation of healthy cells, but high levels of cholesterol can cause an increased risk of developing heart disease. The NMR test measures several components of cholesterol such as LDL (bad cholesterol), HDL (good cholesterol), and Triglycerides as well as Particle number and size. Measurements for Particle number and size can provide a more accurate assessment of a person's risk for heart disease than just looking at cholesterol levels. Smaller denser LDL particles have a greater tendency to build up along arterial walls and form harmful plaque. Plaque buildup increases the risk of blood clots and heart attacks.
The NMR Lipoprofile includes measurements for:
- LDL Particle Number
- LDL Cholesterol
- HDL Cholesterol
- Total Cholesterol
- HDL Particle Number
- Small LDL Particle Number
- LDL Size
The NMR test also provides a calculation for Insulin Resistance Score. People with insulin resistance have a higher risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes which can cause a number of health issues including heart disease. Results for this test include a graph that can help to assess a person's risk for cardiovascular disease based on their individual results.
The NMR Lipoprofile is typically ordered to monitor someone with risk factors for heart disease. It may be done as a follow-up to abnormal results on a Lipid Panel Cholesterol Test. This test can also be helpful if a person has suffered a cardiac event but has normal cholesterol levels to help determine if another factor may be the cause.
Turnaround time for the NMR Lipoprofile is typically 1-3 business days.
Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.
Fasting is not required. However, fasting for 12-14 hours is recommended in cases where triglyceride levels are being used to aid in identifying conditions such as familial hypercholesterolemia (an inherited genetic disorder), early onset heart disease, pancreatitis, or hypertriglyceridemia. People with triglyceride levels over 800 mg may still need to fast for accurate LDL calculation.