Non Fasting Cholesterol Testing

Blood Cholesterol Testing

Cholesterol is different from most tests in that it is not used to diagnose or monitor a disease but is used to estimate risk of developing a disease — specifically heart disease.

Because high blood cholesterol has been associated with hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), heart disease, and a raised risk of death from heart attacks, cholesterol testing is considered a routine part of preventive health care.

The Lipids Panel can determine if you have abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels.
These are important because they can also help you and your doctor determine if you’re at risk for heart disease or other coronary (heart) illnesses.


What Is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is fat that is produced by the liver. It can also be obtained from foods like cheeseburgers, pizza, etc. Types Of Cholesterol? There are two kinds of cholesterol – the good and the bad.

What is "High Cholesterol"?
When there is more cholesterol circulating in the blood than the body needs, it can deposit onto the artery walls, eventually leading to narrowing and hardening of the arteries. This process is known as atherosclerosis and increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. This risk is compounded when other risk factors such as high blood pressure and a family history of heart disease are also present. High levels of cholesterol in the blood may be due to eating a diet too high in saturated fat and/or by having a genetic susceptibility to high cholesterol (familial hypercholesterolaemia).

Cholesterol levels can also be influenced by medical conditions such as diabetes and liver or thyroid disorders.
Is VAP Tests a Cholesterol Test?
The VAP® (Vertical Auto Profile) Test Is One Of The Most Accurate And Comprehensive Cholesterol Tests Available Today. The VAP cholesterol test reports 18 separate components of blood cholesterol compared to just four in a standard test. This comprehensive cholesterol test can identify more lipid abnormalities (which is the #1 risk factor of heart disease) than the standard test and is the only cholesterol test to identify markers for Metabolic Syndrome, a precursor for diabetes. Your risk of heart disease and diabetes can be reduced with the right preventative treatments – and the VAP Test provides a large amount of information for your doctor to give an accurate diagnosis. Only $79.00
LDL, HDL, and Triglycerides
LDL's start off as VLDL's (very low density lipoproteins) which transport cholesterol to various parts of the body.

After the VLDL's drop off their cholesterol load they turn into LDL's which then carry any left over cholesterol around the body. When there is too much LDL cholesterol circulating in the blood it can deposit onto the lining of artery walls. For this reason LDL is often referred to as "bad" cholesterol.

HDL cholesterol removes deposits of LDL cholesterol from the artery walls and returns it to the liver where they are broken down and eliminated from the body. For this reason HDL cholesterol is considered to be protective against heart disease and is often referred to as "good" cholesterol.

When blood cholesterol levels are assessed, triglyceride levels are also measured. Triglycerides are the most common type of fat that exists in food and in the body, and are also a member of the lipid family. When calories ingested in a meal are not used immediately by the body, they are converted to triglycerides and are transported to the fat cells to be stored. It is thought that elevated triglyceride levels may increase the risk of developing heart disease, particularly when associated with high LDL cholesterol levels.
Is The VAP Cholesterol Test For You?
The VAP Cholesterol test is a test for you if you have a family history of heart disease or cardiac event, elevated cholesterol (Total or LDL) or low HDL, elevated triglycerides, diabetes or family history of diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid problems, kidney problems, obstructive liver disease, or if you are taking cholesterol medication or are overweight.
Why You Need VAP Cholesterol Test?
Getting "normal" results back from a conventional cholesterol test doesn't mean one is safe from heart disease. The VAP Test provides valuable information that can identify hidden heart disease risks. It breaks down cholesterol beyond HDL (high-density lipoprotein, the "good" cholesterol), LDL (low-density lipoprotein, the "bad" cholesterol), and triglycerides—providing new information that can help your doctor better assess and manage your heart disease risk. VAP Tests also help identify the metabolic syndrome-which leads to diabetes and heart disease, and affects a staggering 55 million Americans

The VAP® Cholesterol Test (Vertical Auto Profile) Measures:
1. LDL (direct measured) Cholesterol
2. HDL Cholesterol
3. VLDL Cholesterol
4. Total Cholesterol
5. Non- HDL cholesterol
6. Triglycerides
7. LDL-R
8. Lp(a)
9. IDL
10. HDL2
11. HDL3
12. VLDL1+2
13. VLDL3
14 .Remnant Lipoproteins
15. LDL Density ( Pattern )
16. Apo B
17. Apo A1
18. Apo B / A1 Ratio 
What Is Direct Measured LDL?
Conventional cholesterol tests calculate your LDL levels, they don't measure your LDL levels.
One of the key benefits of the VAP Technology is a direct-measured LDL. The routine cholesterol panel, which calculates LDL using the Friedewald formula, provides only a 40% predictive value for coronary heart disease. In contrast, VAP Tests, which directly measure LDL, identify more than 90% of patients at risk for heart disease. Based on concerns about the reliability of calculated LDL, the NCEP ATP III guidelines recommend direct LDL measurement methods unaffected by triglycerides and patient fasting. In fact, calculated LDL is significantly inaccurate in patients with heart disease or the equivalent (LDL goal <70-100 mg/dL). Calculated LDL also fails to accurately classify risk for those who most need it-patients with triglycerides >200 mg/dL
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