Oxidized Low-density Lipoprotein Blood Test
An oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL) test is used to measure your LDL, or "bad cholesterol," levels that have been modified by oxidation.
Oxidized LDL (oxLDL)
An oxidized LDL (oxLDL) test is used to measure your LDL, or "bad cholesterol," levels that have been modified by oxidation. Oxidized LDL triggers inflammation that can lead to the formation of plaque in your arteries. This test may be used as a 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 may help your healthcare provider decide if you are at higher risk for heart disease, in addition to assessing traditional risk factors. 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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