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Whether your doctor ordered a test for you and you want to find out more, or you’re concerned about your health and want to know what your testing options are, you’ve come to the right place. Choose a link below to learn more about each type of Cardio IQ® test.

Lipid Panels
Lipoprotein Subfractionation
Apolipoproteins
Inflammation Biomarkers
Heart Failure
Metabolic Markers
Genetic Cardiovascular Markers
 

A lipid panel measures the levels of HDL (good) and LDL (bad) cholesterol in your blood, as well as other lipids

  • The lipid panel is the standard test used to determine cholesterol levels
  • It measures HDL, LDL, and total cholesterol, as well as triglycerides (another type of lipid)
     

Lipid Subfractionation by Ion Mobility uses a unique technology to assess the size and quantity of lipid particles, offering a more complete picture of cardiovascular risk

  • Having too many smaller low density lipoprotein (LDL) particles is a powerful risk factor for heart disease
  • Larger high density lipoprotein (HDL) particles are helpful with cholesterol removal. Low levels of large HDL particles can increase your risk for heart disease
  • Certain medications, proper nutrition, and weight loss can help your body produce fewer small LDL particles and improve large HDL levels
     

Apolipoprotein tests measure a type of protein that transports lipids (fats) in the blood

  • Too little ApoA in the blood can be a strong indicator of cardiovascular risk
  • Conversely, too much ApoB is also linked to heart disease
     

Inflammation biomarker tests measure the affect inflammation (swelling) within your body has on your heart heath

  • Lp-PLA2, CRP (hs), and Fibrinogen tests all measure inflammation
  • These types of inflammation are linked to poor heart health
  • Certain medications and food may have anti-inflammatory benefits
     

Tests for heart failure can diagnose the disease and predict future risk

  • The NT-proBNP test helps determine if the heart is being overworked
  • The ST2, Soluble test monitors the worsening of heart failure if it has already been diagnosed
     

Metabolic marker tests look for signs of certain metabolic disorders—such as diabetes—as well as deficiencies in vitamins and fatty acids

  • Glucose, hemoglobin A1c, and insulin tests have to do with the regulation of glucose (blood sugar); problems with the glucose regulation have been linked to heart disease and diabetes
  • Vitamin D and Omega-3 and -6 Fatty Acid tests look for a deficiency of these substances, which can be a risk factor for heart disease
  • Homocysteine is another metabolic marker test; high levels can cause injury to blood vessel walls, increasing your risk for heart disease and stroke
     

Genotype tests help your doctor understand hereditary risk by determining if you carry certain genes that are associated with heart disease

  • There are 11 Cardio IQ® Genotype tests; each detects a different gene associated with cardiovascular risk
  • Some Genotype tests can predict if certain medications—such as blood thinners or statins for cholesterol—will work in certain people