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 and is the only cholesterol test to identify markers for Metabolic Syndrome, a precursor for diabetes.
According to the American Heart Association, the metabolic syndrome is characterized by a group of metabolic risk factors in one person. They include:
§ Abdominal obesity (excessive fat tissue in and around the abdomen).
§ Atherogenic dyslipidemia (blood fat disorders — high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol and high LDL cholesterol — that foster plaque buildups in artery walls).
§ Elevated blood pressure.
§ Insulin resistance or glucose intolerance (the body can’t properly use insulin or blood sugar).
§ Prothrombotic state (e.g., high fibrinogen or plasminogen activator inhibitor–1 in the blood).
§ Proinflammatory state (e.g., elevated C-reactive protein in the blood).
Elevated triglycerides, blood pressure, and glucose along with reduced HDL (the good kind) from this test gives a strong indication of Metabolic Syndrome.
The Hemoglobin A1c Test is a valuable measure of the overall blood glucose levels over a period of time (2-3 months). This test can be used to help detect pre-diabetes and diagnose diabetes. If you’re diabetic, this test can help determine if your disease is under control.
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.
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