When we get our annual blood work, most labs only test 4 numbers: Total Cholesterol, LDL, HDL and Triglycerides. It has been reported that up to 50 percent of those who have suffered heart attacks had “normal” cholesterol numbers.
Most of us have been taught about the importance of maintaining a healthy cholesterol level, say under 200. Some of us even understand the difference between LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and HDL (“good” cholesterol). However, the fact that lipoprotein particles are the vehicle that carry the cholesterol throughout the body isn’t widely known. It is not necessarily the cholesterol that is responsible for key steps in plaque production and the resulting development of cardiovascular disease, but these lipoprotein particles. Measuring cholesterol alone does not provide the complete picture and can be misleading.
The Lipoprotein Particle Profile™, or LPP™, from SpectraCell Laboratory is an advanced cholesterol testing technology which accurately measures both the density (how much cholesterol they are carrying) and number of lipoprotein particles in your blood. Measuring the lipoprotein subgroups is the only way to evaluate new risk factors, which is crucial for an accurate assessment of cardiovascular risk – according to the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP). This test also measures your homocysteine and C-Reactive Protein which both, when elevated are marked indicators of increased risk for cardiovascular disease.
We highly recommend that you get a fuller picture of your lipid levels, especially if you have a genetic risk. Contact our office for more info or find a clinician near you who can order the test for you.