Apolipoprotein A1 Test is a test that helps in determining if an individual has an adequate level of Apo A-1, low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL-C), and to help determine your risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD). It also assesses the survival rate or risk factors in individuals who have previously suffered heart attacks, peripheral vascular diseases, and hyperlipidemia.
Procedure of the Test
The procedure of the test is quite simple and one that does not require a lot of time. The test requires a sample of blood which the lab technicians are adept in procuring. In case of adults, the blood is drawn from the veins present inside the arm. In case of babies, the blood is procured either through the heels of the baby, or by pricking the finger. Once the blood is drawn, it is sent for further testing in the lab.
Why get tested?
An individual might be prescribed this test when they have a low level of HDL-C, high cholesterol, and triglycerides, and/or family history of CVD. It is also prescribed in case the doctor is trying to assess the risk of development of heart related conditions. This test can also help in monitoring the effectiveness of lipid treatment and/or lifestyle changes.
This test includes
Although this test requires no special precautions to be exercised or any special preparations before the test, this test is accompanied with a lipid profile test and the individuals might be required to undergo a 12 hour fasting before the test. Other than, if any precautions need to be exercised, the lab technician will inform the individuals beforehand.