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Cardio IQ® Lipoprotein (a) Blood Test

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The Cardio IQ® Lipoprotein (a) Blood Test is used to measure the level of Lipoprotein (a) in the blood, which is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.


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No special preparation is required.

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3-6 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday, or lab delays.

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What is the purpose of this test?

The Quest Diagnostics Cardio IQ® Lipoprotein (a) Blood Test is an advanced diagnostic tool used to measure the amount of Lipoprotein (a) in the blood. Lipoprotein (a) is a type of cholesterol that is produced by the liver and is similar in structure to LDL cholesterol. Unlike LDL cholesterol, however, Lipoprotein (a) can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular problems, even in individuals who have normal levels of LDL cholesterol. 

The test is typically recommended for individuals who have a family history of heart disease or high levels of cholesterol, as well as those who have already had a heart attack or stroke. It is also useful for patients who have a history of premature cardiovascular disease or who have a personal or family history of disorders associated with high levels of Lipoprotein (a). 

The test results can help healthcare providers determine if a patient is at increased risk for cardiovascular disease and may need additional treatment or monitoring. The test is particularly useful for patients who have a high risk of developing cardiovascular disease but who do not have other risk factors, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. 

In summary, the Quest Diagnostics Cardio IQ® Lipoprotein (a) Blood Test is an important tool in the identification and management of cardiovascular disease risk. By measuring the levels of Lipoprotein (a) in the blood, healthcare providers can identify patients who may be at increased risk for cardiovascular disease and take steps to reduce that risk, including lifestyle changes, medication, and monitoring.


Benefits of the Cardio IQ® Lipoprotein (a) Blood Test:

  1. Early risk detection: Helps identify individuals at increased risk of cardiovascular disease by measuring levels of lipoprotein (a), a genetic risk factor for heart disease.
  2. Enhanced risk assessment: Supplements traditional lipid profile testing by evaluating lipoprotein (a) levels, providing a more comprehensive assessment of cardiovascular risk.
  3. Personalized treatment planning: Assists healthcare providers in tailoring treatment plans based on lipoprotein (a) levels, allowing for more targeted interventions to reduce cardiovascular risk.
  4. Monitoring disease progression: Enables ongoing monitoring of lipoprotein (a) levels to assess disease progression and treatment efficacy in individuals at risk of cardiovascular disease.
  5. Improved patient outcomes: By identifying individuals with elevated lipoprotein (a) levels, the test may contribute to early intervention and management, ultimately leading to improved patient outcomes and reduced risk of cardiovascular events.
  6. Patient education: Provides patients with valuable insights into their cardiovascular risk factors, empowering them to make informed decisions about their health and take proactive steps to reduce their risk of heart disease.
  7. Collaboration with healthcare providers: Facilitates communication and collaboration between patients and healthcare providers, leading to more personalized and effective management of cardiovascular risk factors.

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