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.
The Hemoglobin A1C test result reflects your average blood sugar level for the past two to three months. Specifically, the A1C test measures what percentage of your hemoglobin — a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen — is coated with sugar (glycated). The higher your A1C level, the poorer your blood sugar control. And if you have previously been diagnosed with diabetes, the higher the A1C level, the higher your risk of diabetes complications.
C-Reactive Protein is a sensitive indicator of acute injury, bacterial infection, or inflammation. Studies have been published linking serum CRP levels to coronary heart disease risk. The High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein requires a blood draw.