The NMR LipoProfile #2 Essential Blood Test Panel
The NMR LipoProfile plus Homocyst(e)ine, C-Reactive Protein Cardiac.
The NMR LipoProfile test is an advanced cardiovascular diagnostic test that uses nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to provide rapid, simultaneous and direct measurement of LDL particle number and size of LDL particles, and also direct measurement of HDL and VLDL subclasses. This detailed lipoprotein particle information allows health professionals to make more effective individualized treatment decisions than previously possible based on standard lipid panel testing. The atherosclerotic culprit not LDL cholesterol, but LDL particle number
Homocysteine is an amino acid that is usually found in the body. Its metabolism is linked to the metabolism of several vitamins, such as folic acid, B6, and B12, and deficiencies of those vitamins may cause elevated homocysteine levels. Studies suggest that those who have elevated homocysteine levels have a much greater risk of heart attack or stroke than those with average levels. Increased concentrations of homocysteine can be and have been associated with an increased tendency to form in appropriate blood clots. This can lead to heart attack, strokes, and blood vessel blockages in any part of the body.
CRP,hs test (highly sensitive) can detect lower concentrations of the protein (it is more sensitive), which makes it useful in predicting a healthy person's risk for cardiovascular disease. hs-CRP can aid in the evaluation process before one encounters one of these health problems. Since the hs-CRP and the standard CRP tests measure the same molecule, people with chronic inflammation, such as those with arthritis, should not have hs-CRP levels measured. Due to the arthritis, their CRP levels will be very high, too high to be measured or meaningful using the hs-CRP test.
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