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Triglycerides are a type of fat (lipid) that circulate in the blood. After you eat, the body converts excess calories into triglycerides which are then transported to cells to be stored as fat. Your body releases triglycerides to be used for energy.
Raised triglycerides are thought to be a risk factor for peripheral vascular disease (affecting the blood vessels which supply your arms and legs as well as organs below the stomach) as well as microvascular disease, affecting the tiny blood vessels around the heart.
Cholesterol is an essential body fat (lipid). It is necessary for building cell membranes and for producing a number of essential hormones. Cholesterol is manufactured in the liver and also comes from the food we eat. Elevated cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease - the recommended level is below 5 mmol/L.
Cholesterol however is made up of both good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol so it is important to investigate a raised total cholesterol result to determine the cause. High levels of HDL cholesterol can cause a raised total cholesterol result but may actually be protective against heart disease.
HDL cholesterol (high density lipoprotein) removes cholesterol from the bloodstream and transports it to the liver where it is broken down and removed from the body in bile. HDL cholesterol is commonly known as "good cholesterol".
Raised levels are believed to be protective against heart disease, while low levels are associated with increased risk of a heart attack.
LDL cholesterol (low density lipoprotein) carries cholesterol, triglycerides and other fats to various tissues throughout the body. Too much LDL cholesterol, commonly called "bad cholesterol", can cause fatty deposits to accumulate on artery walls, potentially leading to artherosclerosis and heart disease.
Non-HDL cholesterol is calculated by subtracting your HDL cholesterol result from your total cholesterol. It therefore includes all the non-protective and potentially harmful cholesterol in your blood, not just the LDL cholesterol. As such, it is considered to be a better marker for cardiovascular risk than total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. The recommended level of non-HDL cholesterol is below 4 mmol/L.
HDL % of total cholesterol is considered to be more indicative of your risk of cardiovascular disease than total cholesterol alone.
A result below 20% indicates an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, while one above 20% indicates a lower than average risk.
Apolipoprotein A1 (apo A1) is a major protein that is a component of high-density liporprotein, or LDL cholesterol. It helps clear cholesterol from the blood by removing cholesterol from organs and tissues to be destroyed by the liver.
High levels of apo A1 are thought to be protective aginast heart disease.
Low levels of apo A1, especially if increased levels of Apolipoprotein B are also seen, could be indicative of coronary heart disease.
Apolipoprotein B (apo B) is the primary apolipoprotein of low-density lipoproteins (LDL or "bad cholesterol. It s responsible for carrying cholesterol to tissues.
High levels of Apolipoprotein B can lead to plaques that cause vascular disease, or atherosclerosis, which can then lead to heart disease.There is evidence that levels of apo B are a better indicator of heart disease risk than total cholesterol or LDL cholesterol.
We will send you your Apolipoprotein Profile blood test sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.
Your Apolipoprotein Profile test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.
Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Apolipoprotein Profile test results can be downloaded for your doctor.
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