Apo B

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Also known as: Apolipoprotein B-100; Apolipoprotein B-48
Formal name: Apolipoprotein B

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To help evaluate your risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) and to diagnose people with specific Apo B disorders.

When to Get Tested?

This is a non-standard test currently limited mostly to hospital specialists. It can be measured when you have a personal or family history of heart disease and/or high concentrations of lipids in the blood (hyperlipidaemia) and your doctor is trying to determine your risk of developing CVD; sometimes measured to help monitor treatment for hyperlipidaemia or to help diagnose a rare apo B deficiency

Sample Required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?

None; however, this test is often requested at the same time as other tests that require fasting (water only), so you may be instructed to fast for 12 hours prior to having this test.