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Fasting Required:Yes: 10-12 Hours
|DLS Regular Price: $39
Results: 1-2 Business Days
Description: Measures fats and fatty substances known as lipids. Lipids are found in your blood and tissues. These fats are used as energy in your body, but if levels become too high and unbalanced lipids can build up in the artery walls to form plaque. This can obstruct blood flow through the arteries and increase cardiovascular disease and stroke risks. Lipids include cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL), low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and triglycerides.
Includes: Cholesterol Total, HDL (good) Cholesterol, LDL (bad) Cholesterol, Risk Ratio (good to total), Triglycerides
Total Cholesterol - The total cholesterol measurement is a sum of High Density Lipoprotein (HDL), Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL), and Very Low Density Lipoprotein (VLDL). Cholesterol is required for the synthesis of steroid hormones and bile. It is a necessary component of cell membranes. If we don’t get cholesterol from our diet, the liver will make it. However, most people do receive plenty of cholesterol from their diet resulting in high cholesterol levels.
HDL Cholesterol - HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) is known as “good” cholesterol, because it helps to remove excess cholesterol deposits from the arterial lining. Higher levels can reduce the incidence of coronary heart disease.
Low levels of HDL significantly increase the risk of heart disease and are associated with diets high in saturated fats, refined carbohydrates, and refined sugars, especially high fructose corn syrup. Inactivity, obesity and cigarette smoking also reduce HDL levels.
High levels of HDL are the result of good genes, healthy dietary patterns, and adequate levels of cardiovascular exercise.
LDL Cholesterol - LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) is known as “bad” cholesterol, because it deposits in the arterial lining and compromises blood flow.
Elevated LDL levels are the result of inactivity, obesity, and type II diabetes. LDL levels also increase from diets high in refined carbohydrates, sugar, saturated animal, trans, and hydrogenated fats.
LDL/HDL Ratio - Since both LDL and HDL levels are critical in predicting cardiovascular risk, this ratio is very important. It can help provide insight into risk assessment when both “bad” and “good” cholesterol are elevated.
Triglycerides - Triglycerides are the fats absorbed in the blood following a meal or made by the liver in response to diets rich in sugars, refined carbohydrates, or fats.
Conditions that can cause high triglycerides include hypothyroidism, diabetes, liver and kidney disease, corticosteroids, and diets high in refined carbohydrates and sweets as well as excess fat intake.
DLS Regular Price: $45
Fasting Required: No
Results: 2-3 Business Days
Description: A high-sensitivity test used to evaluate inflammation and your risk of developing coronary artery disease. High levels of C-Reactive Protein (CRP) indicate inflammation due to infection or tissue injury. Modestly elevated CRP levels may be associated with increased heart disease risk.
DLS Regular Price: $69
Fasting Required:Yes, 10-12 Hours
Results: 5-7 Business Days
Description: The Cardio IQ® helps provide a more accurate and individualized picture of cardiac risk. It directly detects, measures and quantifies the number and size of all lipoprotein subfractions. Knowing what particles make up your LDL and HDL cholesterol is important..
Cardio IQ® Advanced Lipid Panel
DLS Regular Price: $159
Fasting Required: Yes, 10-12 Hours
Results: 3-6 Business Days
Description: The Cardio IQ® helps provide a more accurate and individualized picture of cardiac risk. It directly detects, measures and quantifies the number and size of all lipoprotein subfractions. Knowing what particles make up your LDL and HDL cholesterol is important.
Includes: Cardio IQ® Cholesterol, Total; Cardio IQ® HDL Cholesterol; Cardio IQ® Triglycerides; Cardio IQ® Non-HDL and Calculated Components; Cardio IQ® Lipoprotein Fractionation, Ion Mobility; Cardio IQ® Apolipoprotein B; Cardio IQ® Lipoprotein (a)
Cholesterol, Total; HDL; LDL; Ratio; Tryiglycerides - See descriptions above.
Lipoprotein Fractionation - Contains 6 biomarkers. There is a correlation between increased risk of premature heart disease with decreasing size of LDL particles. Ion mobility offers the only direct measurement of lipoprotein particle size and concentration for each lipoprotein from HDL3 to large VLDL.
Apolipoprotein B - Key binding protein of LDL to tissues increasing risk of cardiovascular disease.
Lipoprotein (a) - Increases risk of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.
Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.