Cardiovascular Risk Profile

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Check on the state of your cardiovascular system with this Cardiovascular risk profile. Includes a full Cholesterol lipid panel (tatal, HDL, LDL, triglycerides), Apolipoprotein A, Apolipoprotein B, Lipoprotein (a) and high sensitivity CRP

Blood Test Explained

Please see below for a breakdown of test information, click each tab to find out more

HDL
HDL (high density lipoprotein) is the component of cholesterol that is associated with good health, and high levels within a health screen are linked to reduced risk of heart and blood vessel disease.
LDL
LDL (low density lipoprotein) is the component of cholesterol that is associated with higher risk of heart and blood vessel disease. The ideal level within a health screening is below 2.5 mmol/L
Triglycerides
Triglycerides are a category of fat found in the blood. Triglycerides effectively store energy for later use by the body. High triglyceride levels within a health screening are associated with pancreatitis, and possibly heart disease and strokes. Some medication can cause the level to rise, as can poorly controlled diabetes.
Apolipoprotein B
Apolipoprotein B (apoB) - this is the main protein component of LDL particles + the precursors, VLDL + IDL. Each of these particles contain one apoB molecule. Measuring Apolipoprotein A1 + Apolipoprotein B helps to estimate the concentration of cholesterol particles. ApoB is one of two most important structural proteins for the cholesterol particles.
Lipoprotein A
Lipoprotein (a) (Lpa) - This consisits of LDL particles bound to apolipoprotein a by a disulphide bridge. Lipoprotein (a) is seen to be a risk factor for the development of ischaemic cardiovascular disease. Levels of Lipoprotein (a) are often genetically determined. This test is often advised if the patient has a moderate to high risk of cardiovascular disease.

Looking after your heart health

Keeping our hearts healthy is something we should all prioritise. A vital organ, the heart plays a critical role, pumping blood around the body. But our daily lifestyles, filled with stress and unhealthy options, place a big burden on our hearts and we often don’t realise until the damage is done.

For May Measure Month, an awareness campaign created by the International Society of Hypertension, we’re looking at the importance of our heart health, and the steps we can take to improve it.