Lipoprotein-Associated Phospholipase A2
The Lp-PLA2 test measures the levels of this enzyme in the blood, giving an indication of the amount of LDL that is in body.
Lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) is an enzymatic, specific marker of atherosclerosis-related vascular inflammation. The Lp-PLA2 test measures the levels of this enzyme in the blood, giving an indication of the amount of LDL that is in body, in order to determine the cardiovascular risk of the patient and to establish the need for statin therapy.
This test is performed in following conditions such as:
• Cigarette smoking
• Being overweight or obese
• Unhealthy diet
• Increasing age (men above 45)
• High blood pressure
• Family history of heart disease
• Current heart disease
Also Known As: LP-PLA2, PLAC
Fasting prior to blood draw is preferred but not required.
Estimated Time Taken
Turnaround time for the Lp-PLA2 test is typically 2-3 business days.