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The term bad cholesterol is associated with the low density cholesterol and these are further classified based on their type and on having lipoprotein-A or Lp(a).

What is Lipoprotein A test?

Lipoprotein A test is done gives an insight into the cholesterol levels in the body.

  • Bad cholesterol has a sub-type of lipoprotein A which helps in determining if there is an increased risk of heart attack.

Lipoprotein A also helps in examining the cause of the current treatment not working for the patient.

Why is Lipoprotein A test suggested?

Lipoprotein A test is suggested for the following:

  • If the patient is at risk of suffering a heart attack.
  • If the patient has a history of heart attacks in the family.
  • If the doctor suspects an innflammation of the walls of the arteries.
  • If there is hardening of arteries .

How is Lipoprotein A test performed?

Lipoprotein A test is performed as follows:

  • The blood is drawn from the arm of the patient in the typical format.
  • With the arm outstrecthed and a tight elastic belt around it, the blood is collected in a tube from the vein of the patient.

The sample is sent to lab for testing.

What are the parameters measured in Lipoprotein A test?

Parameters measured in Lipoprotein A test are:

  • Total Cholesterol Levels.
  • HDL
  • LDL
  • Triglycerides

Preparation before performing Lipoprotein A test

Preparation for Lipoprotein A test is as follows:

  • Fasting for 12 hours before the test.
  • No smoking allowed for at least 12 hours prior to the test.

Post-care after Lipoprotein A test

Post-care for Lipoprotein A test is:

  • The patient can discuss the outcomes of the test in detail with the doctor to improve the status of the condition.

Sample types in Lipoprotein A test

Sample types in Lipoprotein A test:

  • Blood

Side effects/risks of Lipoprotein A test

Side effects of Lipoprotein A test are:

  • Soreness from the prick of the needle.
  • Some patients may faint at the sight of the blood.

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