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The Essential Guide to Linbury Doctor’s New Cardiac Risk Profile Blood Test

Here at Linbury Doctors, we are now offering a comprehensive blood test to assess your cardiac risk. Tailored to measure an array of cardiovascular risk markers, this innovative diagnostic test enables you to get a good overview of your current heart health and help in making pro-active decisions.

The Cardiac Risk Profile can flag potential heart health issues long before they manifest. But how does it do this, and is this test right for you?

Read on to discover more.

Call 0333 050 7338 to talk to a member of our team about this new blood test. If you’re not a member, find out more about joining here.

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Cardiac Risk Profile Test Explained

In essence, the Cardiac Risk Profile blood test evaluates your cardiovascular health by measuring markers that can signal an increased risk for heart disease. By combining these data points, the test provides a comprehensive overview of your heart’s status.

The Cardiac Risk Profile test looks at the following:

  • Apolipoprotein A1 (ApoA1) and Apolipoprotein B (ApoB): These proteins offer insights into the quantity and quality of your HDL and LDL cholesterol, respectively. High levels of ApoB and low levels of ApoA1 correlate closely with increased risk of heart disease.
  • Homocysteine: You get this mostly from eating meat. It is an amino acid that, when elevated, can indicate a proclivity toward heart disease.
  • Lipoprotein (a): High levels of lipoprotein (a) increase your likelihood of having a heart attack, a stroke, and aortic stenosis, especially if you have familial hypercholesterolemia or signs of coronary heart disease. Cholesterol travels through the blood on lipoproteins, which are made of protein and fat. Like LDL-cholesterol, Lp(a)-cholesterol can build up in the walls of your blood vessels. The higher your Lp(a) level is, the more likely this is to happen. These cholesterol deposits, called plaques, can decrease blood flow to your heart, brain, kidneys, lungs, legs, and other parts of your body
  • Lp-PLA2 (PLAC): Marks enzyme levels in the blood, a potent predictor of plaque buildup in the arteries. A PLAC blood test helps identify early warning signs of the risk of heart disease or stroke.

Your Linbury GP will explain your results and any associated risks, ensuring you’re equipped with the knowledge to make informed health decisions.

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Who is the Cardiac Risk Profile Test for?

This blood test is not one-size-fits-all. It’s for individuals with specific concerns about their heart health. You may benefit from the Cardiac Risk Profile test if you:

  1. Are concerned about cardiac risk
  2. Have a family history of high cholesterol/heart disease
  3. Are unsure about taking medication to lower cholesterol

The Rewards of Early Detection

Knowing your risk profile early on can:

  • Arm You with Knowledge: You will have a clear picture of your cardiac risks, allowing for personalised health strategies that can prevent or delay the onset of heart conditions.
  • Empower Proactive Health Choices: Armed with knowledge, you can make targeted changes to your diet, exercise, and lifestyle, ensuring your heart’s vitality for years to come. Your Linbury GP will advise on what’s best for you.
  • Facilitate Informed Treatment Paths: Should intervention be necessary, your GP will craft an approach tailored to your specific risk factors, heightening the effectiveness of treatment.

Contact your GP

For members of Linbury Doctors who this test may apply to, please enquire with your dedicated GP for more information.

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