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Lipoprotein Fractionation Blood Test, NMR

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A lipoprotein fractionation test is used to measure your LDL, or “bad cholesterol,” levels.


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Nuclear Magnetic Resonance




Fasting for 10-12 hours required.

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Lipoprotein Fractionation

Order a lipoprotein fractionation test to measure your LDL, or “bad cholesterol,” levels. This test is part of a routine assessment of your risk for heart disease (or cardiovascular disease [CVD]). It may be used in addition to other cholesterol testing to assess whether any medications you may be taking or any lifestyle changes you may have made are helping to lower your cholesterol.

What are the symptoms of elevated cholesterol?

Many people with elevated cholesterol have no symptoms. It’s important to speak with your doctor about your lifestyle, medical history, and overall health. Together, you can figure out a screening plan that is right for you.

Who should get tested?

This test may be ordered along with other lipid tests by your healthcare provider to assess your risk for heart disease, if you have a personal or family history of heart disease, or if you are taking medication to manage your cholesterol.

What will my test results tell me?

Your test results will help your healthcare provider understand whether you are at risk for heart disease. Be sure to share your results with your healthcare provider so they can help you determine the next steps in your care.

Are there any risks involved in getting this test?

There is no risk involved in getting this test. You will be asked to give a blood sample at the lab.

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