Overview of the VAP Blood Test

 Overview of the VAP Blood Test

When your doctor sends you to get a cholesterol level, you almost certainly get the standard test. Another test has been developed that does a better job of measuring the different cholesterol levels that are indicative of future heart problems. This test is called a VAP blood test; if you are at risk for heart disease, you should ask your doctor for it.

Overview of the VAP Blood Test

1. What is VAP an acronym for?

VAP stands for Vertical Auto Profile. It is a cholesterol test, but it measures much more than the standard cholesterol test that has been the only option in the past. This test measures 15 different components of your cholesterol level rather than just the three that the standard test measures.

2. Why is the VAP test produce a more complete result?

The old standard test measured three components of cholesterol and computed one more. The VAP blood test breaks some of those components into further parts. Rather than just measuring HDL, the test measures two different parts of HDL, HDL2 and HDL3. This is helpful because HDL3 is the least protective of all the HDLs.

3. What does the VAP test measure that the older test only computed?

The old cholesterol test only computed LDL using a formula with the other blood levels. The VAP test directly measures LDL and also breaks it into three different components. These different components measure different risks for heart disease so you really do get an idea of your actual risk.

4. Should you have a VAP test done?

This is a decision you and your doctor need to make together, but you might want to at least ask. The VAP blood test likely would cost more than the standard test. If you are at high risk for heart disease, it might be worth the extra cost to find out exactly how your cholesterol level is contributing to your risk.

The VAP blood test is not right for everyone. It is good to have an alternative to the standard test if you have cholesterol issues and need a better understanding of your cholesterol level and your risk of heart disease.

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