The VAP cholesterol test is the very latest diagnostic test to determine your risk of heart disease. Standard cholesterol level tests identify only 40% of those at risk for heart disease. In fact, half of all heart attacks are suffered by people with normal levels!
One of the shortcomings of standard tests was that they didn’t measure or identify lipoprotein particles associated with increased inflammation.
Medical science has really caught on to the fact that it’s really the damage that inflammation does to your arteries that causes heart disease.
The old standard for testing was to measure LDL, HDL, and total cholesterol and to use the ratio between LDL and HDL to determine a person’s risk of heart disease. This was fairly accurate for it’s time, but it has been superseded by a new standard for determining your risk.
The old testing protocol produced four measurements:
- Total cholesterol
- LDL – Low-density lipoprotein
- HDL – High-density lipoprotein
Although these four elements do have some value in determining your risk of heart attack, they lack the accuracy of newer test methods in determining risk.
Enter the VAP Cholesterol Test
Medical science has recently developed a newer and more accurate test for heart disease risk called VAP for (Vertical Auto Profile). This test benefits you in two ways.
- It is THE most accurate indicator of your risk of heart attack
- It helps identify various risk factors that you can control to prevent a heart attack
VAP cholesterol test can pinpoint your risk, taking much of the guesswork out of this medical diagnosis. This is very helpful for people who have test results that show normal levels, but who’s true heart attack risk can now be successfully identified.
Not all doctors provide the VAP cholesterol test, but it’s use is increasing as more and more doctors realize their standard testing fails to identify everyone that is at risk.
The VAP test is done the same way as other tests where a nurse or lab technician draws your blood and then sends it to a laboratory which then runs the test and returns the test results to your doctor.
How Does The Test Work?
The test identifies the following:
- Identifies small dense LDL particles that cause arterial plaque
- HDL2 and HDL3
- IDL – Intermediate-density lipoprotein
- Lipoprotein A
- (VLDL1, VLDL2, VLDL3) Very low density lipoproteins
These small sub-fractions of cholesterol pose the greatest danger to you. The VAP cholesterol test will identify these particles, their density, and distribution. This information helps your doctor create a customized approach to reducing your risk of a heart attack and strokes.
Standard test results are still valuable as a screening method for heart disease. It is an inexpensive way of determining if you are at increased risk. The addition of the VAP test further clarifies your degree of risk and allows you to make needed lifestyle changes to head off a possible heart attack.
The key is to identify risks early while there is still time to reverse them with diet and exercise rather than drugs such as statins which have toxic side effects. The test really represents an advance in thinking that more accurately gauges how these individual lipoprotein particles affect your overall risk for heart disease.
The VAP cholesterol test will soon become the standard for determining your heart attack risk. This will go a long way toward making heart attacks increasingly rare and survivable! Ask YOUR doctor about the VAP test, and start reducing your risk now!