Stay Heart Healthy by Measuring LDL Particle Size and Save 10% with Request A Test

September 4, 2013

This September Request A Test, a leading national provider of direct to consumer lab testing, is offering 10% off of all lab testing orders from the Heart Health category.  Customers should use promo code HEART10 when placing their order to take advantage of this savings opportunity.  Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the Unites States accounting for 1 in 4 of all deaths.  Research in the medical community has begun to indicate that some of the traditional ways of measuring a person's risk for heart disease may not be as accurate as we thought.  One risk factor that has been getting special attention is LDL particle size.  For some people, measuring their LDL particle size may be more useful in assessing their risk for heart disease that just getting a cholesterol level check.  Request A Test offers a variety of heart health tests including several that measure LDL particle size such as the NMR Lipoprofile and the VAP Cholesterol Profile.  Customers can also order tests such as the C-Reactive Protein (CRP), Lipoprotein (a), and Homocysteine which provide information to help determine their risk for cardiac events like a heart attack or stroke.  These tests and other are available individually or in cost saving packages like the Basic Hearth Health and Ultimate Heart Health Panels.  Request A Test's direct to consumer testing service allows anyone to order the tests they need without having to first schedule a doctor's appointment or go through an insurance company.  With affordable prices and 1000's of convenient lab locations to pick from, ordering testing to monitor one's heart health has never been easier.            

A person's cholesterol levels have traditionally been one of the most common markers in determining their risk for heart disease.  A basic cholesterol test, also known as a Lipid Panel, typically provides measurements for total cholesterol and triglycerides as well as high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL).  LDL is often referred to as the "bad" cholesterol because it collects on the sides of blood vessels and can increase the risk of blood clots and heart attack.  However, just knowing a person's LDL level may not provide an accurate assessment of their risk for heart disease.  Nearly half of people who suffer from heart attacks have average LDL levels.  Some members of the medical community are now advising that people who are concerned about their heart health focus on more than just their basic cholesterol levels.  Recent studies have shown that the size of the LDL particles play an important role in how dangerous they are to a person.  LDL particles carry cholesterol through the blood stream.  Smaller denser LDL particles are more likely to stick to the walls of arteries and form plaque.  Studies on LDL particle size suggest that people with predominantly small dense LDL particles are three times more likely to  suffer from heart disease than those whose LDL particles are larger and more  buoyant.  These studies indicate that testing apart from that which just measures LDL levels in the blood may be necessary to determine how great a person's risk for heart disease and cardiac events really is.

There are several blood tests available which will provide information on LDL particle size as well as more traditional cholesterol measurements.  An NMR Lipoprofile is a cholesterol test which can be very useful in tracking a variety of measurements.  In addition to the standard cholesterol levels, this test provides LDL particle size and number as well as interpretive data to help determine someone's risk for cardiovascular disease based on their values.  The NMR test has been endorsed by television's Dr. Oz as a valuable tool in preventative health care.  Those who want an even more comprehensive cholesterol test can order a VAP Cholesterol Profile.  Results for this test break down a person's LDL particle density to determine whether they have more LDL particles which are small and dense or large and buoyant.  This test provides a measurement for Apolipoprotein B which helps carry and deliver LDL particles to the cells.  Results will measure a person's Lipoprotein A (Lp a) and Intermediate Density Lipoprotein (IDL) cholesterol which are both inherited risk factors for heart disease.   This test also differentiates between two subclasses of the HDL, often known as the "good" cholesterol.  While both subclasses of HLD are heart protective, HDL-2 is more protective than HDL-3.

Ordering heart health testing is a great way to monitor potential health concerns.  Results from these tests can help a person and their doctor deal with risk factors before they become more serious.  With extra 10% savings, this September is an ideal time to take charge of your health.  Customers can go to the Heart Health Category on Request A Test's website to see a full listing of available tests.  For more information on heart testing or any of the other services available from request A Test, go to / or call 1-888-732-2348 to speak to a representative. 

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