Homocysteine is an amino acid that plays a role in destroying the lining of your artery walls, promoting the formation of blood clots, and also accelerates the buildup of scar tissue. High levels may increase the chance of heart disease and stroke, especially if you have other risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, or family history.
This test measures plasma levels of oxidized low density lipoproteins (Oxidized LDL) using a highly sensitive and specific immunoassay.
Elevated levels of Oxidized LDL are associated with accelerated atherogenesis, CAD, acute myocardial infarction and stable and unstable angina. Importantly, the levels of total cholesterol are not necessarily higher than normal in patients with unstable CAD. Elevated Oxidized LDL has also been associated with metabolic syndrome, impaired glucose tolerance/insulin resistance and untreated overt hypothyroidism.
This test requires a blood sample, which must be drawn by a certified phlebotomist. Please give us a call at 877-894-8363 so we can assist you in finding a blood draw location or service convenient to you.
Most Americans do not get enough omega-3′s from their diets. There is growing evidence for an association between omega-3 levels and health conditions such as heart disease, cellular aging, dry eye, macular degeneration, dementia, depression, joint health, etc. The Omega-3 Index can be improved by simple dietary changes such as increasing your intake of EPA and DHA from either seafood or from dietary supplements.
Trans Fat Index
High levels of trans fat have been related to increased risk for heart disease. These trans fats mainly come from our diet, particularly from hydrogenated oils. By removing these foods from your diet you can modify your Tran Fat Index.
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