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.
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:
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.