What markers are checked in the Heart Blood Panel?
This blood panel checks the C-Reactive Protein (hs-CRP), Homocysteine and standard Lipid & Cholesterol levels.
Why is the Heart Blood Panel important?
The hs-CRP test is used in assessing the relative cardiovascular risk. Elevated levels imply high risk for cardiovascular disease. Homocysteine is an amino acid that is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease when elevated. The Lipids & Cholesterol component measures your lipid and cholesterol levels. Elevated numbers of the bad lipids are thought to increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.
What type of specimen will I submit?
This Heart Blood Panel is a blood test.
Do I need to fast to take this test?
An 8-12 hour fast is recommended before testing.
How long does it take to get test results?
It typically takes 4 business days or less.