PLAC (LP-PLA2) Blood Test, from our experts to you.
Dr Sam Rodgers MBBS, MRCGP

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What is

Lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) is an enzyme that plays a role in the inflammation of blood vessels and can increase the risk of rupture of plaque deposits on the artery walls.

What is an
Lp-PLA2 blood test?

Our PLAC (LP-PLA2) Blood Test measures the amount of Lp-PLA2 in your blood. By testing for Lp-PLA2, you can get an idea of whether there is plaque build-up in your arteries, which raises your risk of a cardiovascular event.

Is cholesterol the only
measure for cardiovascular health?

Most people who have heart attacks or strokes have no warning signs beforehand, so assessing risk factors for cardiovascular health can be very important. While testing for cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood can identify some risk factors, many people with normal levels of cholesterol still go on to suffer heart attacks or strokes.

What's included?

Cholesterol status
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Lp PLA2 The enzyme lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) plays a role in the inflammation of blood vessels, promoting the build up of plaque in the coronary arteries. Lp-PLA2 is a risk marker for cardiovascular disease and because it is produced in the plaque itself, Lp-PLA2 is thought to be more sensitive at assessing cardiovascular disease risk than traditional inflammatory markers, such as CRP.

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