Cardiac Risk Comprehensive Panel
The Comprehensive Cardiac Risk Panel measures the lipids that are recommended by the National Cholesterol Education Program to determine the risk of having a heart attack or stroke, and also measures other important risk factors. Total cholesterol is made up of LDL, or "bad cholesterol," which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, and HDL, or "good cholesterol," which decreases the risk. Cholesterol-lowering drugs, known as statins, work to decrease LDL and increase HDL. Anyone taking a cholesterol-lowering drug will want to follow the progress in changing these lipid levels. Triglycerides are considered a risk factor for heart disease. The most recent treatment guidelines recommend lowering triglyceride levels in the blood.
The Comprehensive Cardiac Risk panel includes glucose, a diabetes-screening test, because diabetes has been identified as a major risk factor in heart disease. Two newly recognized risk factors are also included: high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) and homocysteine. The hsCRP test looks for inflammation in the blood vessels that could signal a higher risk for heart attack or stroke. Homocysteine is an amino acid that plays a role in forming the lipid plaques that clog blood vessels.
- A fasting blood sample is needed.
Preparation for Your Test
- Do not eat or drink anything but water for 8 hours prior to your testing.
- Wear a short sleeved shirt or a shirt with sleeves that roll up easily.
The cost of this test is $85.
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