Lipoprotein (a) (Lp(a))
|Category||Biochemistry >> Proteins|
Lp(a) is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Concentrations are genetically determined, with high concentrations being associated with the higher risk phenotype. Quantitation of Lp(a) is performed by an isoform insensitive immunoassay for improved accuracy
Measurement of Lp(a) should be considered in patients with a moderate or high risk of cardiovascular disease.
Cardiovascular Risk Stratification:
|Sample & container required||Serum preferred (red top), heparin (green top) and EDTA (lavender top) acceptable|
|Sample volume||0.5 mL|
|Transport storage||Stable at 2-8°C for 72 hours. Please freeze pending dispatch for analysis. Sample can be sent by first class post.|
|Turnaround time||1 week|
Grossly haemolysed samples are unsuitable for this assay.