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I work for the lab, Atherotech, that does the VAP test. So if you guys have any questions or concerns regarding the VAP test results or treatment considerations please let me know. Or you can call into our customer service at 1-877-901-8510 and we will get you on the phone with one of our physician advisors.

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[QUOTE=lipidprofiler]I work for the lab, Atherotech, that does the VAP test. So if you guys have any questions or concerns regarding the VAP test results or treatment considerations please let me know. [/QUOTE] It was like pulling teeth to get our PCP to write a script for the VAP test [for my husband]. I researched the test on the VAP website before going to the lab. We were surprised when we got the results that CRP and homocysteine were not included. The lab took 8 or more large vials of blood. Is it normal for CRP and homocysteine to be excluded?
To Run the VAP Test - we only require 2 mls of serum - drawn from preferably an SST (Serum separator Tube).

Recent studies indicate that Lp(a) is indeed a risk factor; but that it only seems to proliferate atherosclerosis in the presense of excess LDL.

That is indeed one treatment for High Lp(a) - to agressively lower the overall LDL number. If you can get your total LDL below 80 mg/dl (difficult proposition) then Lp(a) seems to lose it's atherogenetic predictibility.

elevated homocysteine has been showed repeatedly to cause endothelial dysfunction; i.e. disrupting ion and molecule transport across the endothelial lining.

CRP is a generic marker for inflammation somewhere inthe body - if your CRP is elevated;p your Dr must first rule out all other causes of inflammation (i.e. you bruised your shin 2 days ago). elevated CRP becomes a significant factor inthe presence of established CAD; and a chronic; slight elevation of the number (i.e. 1.3-1.7). When inflammation is indeed in the artery walls; under a plaque; the plaque becomes unstable; increasing the risk for a thromboembolism; or plaque rupture.

The VAP Test does not automotically include CRP or Homocysteine; we will run these if the ordering physician requests it; further - if the test comes through one of our partner labs (i.e. quest or labcorp) they'll capture those tests and run them themselves.
To LIPIDPROFILER:
Since my lp(a) is 109 and I am on 80mg Zocor plus recently changed/added Zetia with Vytorin, my doctor is aggressively lowering my LDL(before adding Zetia-93). I am very encouraged to see you say "Recent studies indicate that Lp(a) is indeed a risk factor; but that it only seems to proliferate atherosclerosis in the presense of excess LDL.

That is indeed one treatment for High Lp(a) - to agressively lower the overall LDL number. If you can get your total LDL below 80 mg/dl (difficult proposition) then Lp(a) seems to lose it's atherogenetic predictibility. "

Can you cite studies/references where this appears? Thanks!!





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