Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease with the Patented LPP Test
Over the years, people have used standard cholesterol tests to assess their risk of cardiovascular disease, but recent studies have identified various shortcomings of this test. Pinnacle
Health and Performance Center realize that the standard cholesterol tests do not measure all the vital risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
According to the National Cholesterol Education Program, 50% of the people diagnosed with “normal” cholesterol (below 200 mg/dl) have had heart attacks. Instead, Pinnacle’s highly trained staff guides you through the
patented Lipoprotein Particle ProfileTM (LPP) test, which assesses the size and number of lipoproteins in your body, as opposed to the cholesterol that they contain.
Cholesterol is carried in the human body via tiny balls known as lipoproteins. Contrary to popular belief, it is the lipoproteins that cause your arteries to clog, and not the
cholesterol that they contain.
Standard cholesterol measurement tests are not enough. In the past, doctors have labeled patients with high risk of heart disease “normal” after conducting these tests, only for them
to succumb to a heart attack. The LPP test, on the other hand, enables physicians to identify the risk for cardiovascular disease more accurately. As a result, the physicians are better
placed in prescribing the proper therapies that will yield the most effect, depending on the specific lipid profile of individual patients.
The LPP Test Examines:
The LPP test is able to recognize four risk factors that standard cholesterol tests cannot detect. These are:
- Remnant lipoprotein (RLP) – which is easier to convert into arterial plaque compared to other lipoproteins
- LP(a) – a harmful lipoprotein that constitutes to clot formation
- HDL(2b) – a type of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) that identifies the ability of cholesterol to clear from your system
- Small, dense LDL – low-density lipoproteins that penetrate vascular wall easily resulting in damage and plaque
Why is the LPP Test Important?
While most people are familiar with bad and good cholesterol, recent studies show that the LDL and HDL are found in different sizes, which makes some of them more hazardous than others.
By performing a detailed Lipoprotein Particle Profile (LPP), Pinnacle’s proficient staff will have the necessary information to provide you with the most effective treatment plan that
will reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, and even a heart attack.
The LPP test is ideal for all patients, and particularly for those:
- With a family history of diabetes or heart disease
- Are overweight
- With high HDL (good cholesterol) or low LDL (bad cholesterol)
- Taking cholesterol-lowering medications
- With high triglycerides
- Diagnosed with high blood pressure (Metabolic Syndrome)
The LPP test is performed by SpectraCell Laboratories Inc, which is a specialized clinical testing laboratory that employs individualized medicine approaches. The test is covered by
insurance, and performed on a fasting blood sample. It usually takes 3-5 days to get your results. Contact Pinnacle Health and Performance center to schedule your free consultation and
get on the correct path to maintaining your cardiovascular health.