Featuring The VAP® Test, the Heart Health Panel gives you and your doctor more information on the treatment and management of cardiovascular conditions and a great overall picture of your heart’s health.
The VAP® (Vertical Auto Profile) Test is one of the most accurate and comprehensive cholesterol tests available today. It reports 18 separate components of blood cholesterol compared to just four in a standard test. This comprehensive cholesterol test can identify more lipid abnormalities (which is the #1 risk factor of heart disease) than the standard test. It’s the perfect Value Panel to get an overall assessment of your heart’s health.
The Chemistry Panel includes 16 essential tests that are typically requested by your doctor as part of a routine check-up or annual physical. This panel gives you or your doctor a clearer picture of your overall health.
See below for additional details on its test components.
§ Sodium (Na) Potassium (K), Chloride (C) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) - When tested, irregular values in these “electrolytes” can indicate trouble with your body’s salt/water or acid/base balance. Dehydration, vomiting, medications and kidney problems can cause these health issues.
§ Albumin (Alb), Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP), Bilirubin (Bil)-Direct and Total, Aspartate Transaminase (AST); and Alanine Transaminase (ALT) – These are proteins and enzymes found in the blood. Abnormal levels of any of these tests can indicate liver damage or liver disease.
The C-Reactive Protein (High Sensitivity) (CRP) is a blood test that measures the amount of protein (called C-reactive Protein) in your blood that indicates inflammation. It’s also used to assess your risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). “High Sensitivity” means that this particular test can see if you have an increased chance of having a heart problem or heart attack. High levels of CRP are caused by infections and many long-term diseases.
Homocysteine is a common amino acid (they make up proteins) that you get from eating meat. This panel tests your homocysteine levels and if high, can lead to early development of heart and blood vessel disease.
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