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Lipoprotein-Associated Phospholipase A2 (PLAC) Blood Test

The PLAC Test is a blood test that measures an enzyme associated with the inflammation of your arteries.


Test Code: 123283

CPT Code: 83698

Also Known As: PLAC; LP-PLA2

Methodology:

Spectrophotometric, enzymatic assay

Preparation:

Fasting prior to blood draw is preferred but not required.

Test Results:

2-3 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

Sample Report

Test Code: 94267

CPT Code: 83698

Also Known As: PLAC; LP-PLA2

Methodology: Enzymatic Assay (EZA)

Preparation: Fasting 8-10 hours required.

Test Results: 2-3 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

Description

Order a lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (PLAC) blood test to measure an enzyme in a blood sample. The PLAC Test is a blood test that measures an enzyme associated with the inflammation of your arteries. Having increased levels of Lp-PLA2 increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. In many adults, cholesterol causes a fatty deposit called plaque to build up in the arteries walls. Once arterial walls become inflamed, your body produces the enzyme Lp-PLA2. When the amount of Lp-PLA2 is high, this can indicate that the plaque is more likely to rupture through the inside lining of your artery into your bloodstream, where it may cause a clot that could result in a heart attack or stroke. 

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