Thursday, July 3, 2014

The VAP test for cardiovascular health


The standard lipid panel is quite limited in the information it can provide. Scientists have been working on developing much more sophisticated tests that provide a deeper level of information on cardiovascular health. The Vertical Auto-Profile (VAP) test is one of the newest and most in-depth tests for heart disease risk.

The standard lipid profile works by spinning blood in a high speed centrifuge to separate the lipids. This test looks at three lipid categories: high density lipoproteins (HDL), low density lipoproteins (LDL) and triglycerides. Research has shown that nearly half of all individuals who suffered a heart attack had no abnormalities on the standard lipid profile.

Most progressive doctors and scientists have realized that a standard lipid profile is outdated. The VAP test breaks the lipoproteins into sub categories and allows a much closer look at these molecules. This is expected to be able to identify twice as many individuals at risk for heart disease compared to traditional testing.

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