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Also known as: Lipoprotein little a
Formal name: Lipoprotein (a)

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

As part of a targeted screen for cardiovascular disease (coronary artery disease (CAD) and cerebrovascular disease). Lp(a) measurement may give additional information about the risk of developing cardiovascular disease in some people

When to Get Tested?

Your doctor may request Lp(a) measurement if you have a family history of premature cardiovascular disease or elevated Lp(a) or if you develop cardiovascular disease at a young age, particularly in the absence of conventional risk factors

Sample Required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?

No test preparation is needed. Your doctor might recommend that you fast (water only) for 14 hours prior to the test so that other related substances can be measured in the same sample.