Imperial Collage Healthcare

Lipoprotein (a) (Lp(a))


Test Background
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


Clinical Indications
Measurement of Lp(a) should be considered in patients with a moderate or high risk of cardiovascular disease.


Reference Range

Cardiovascular Risk Stratification

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Low Risk                      <75 nmol/L (<300 mg/L)


Borderline Risk              75 – 125 nmol/L (300 – 500 mg/L)


High Risk                     >125 nmol/L (>500 mg/L)


Sample Required
Serum preferred (red top), heparin (green top) and EDTA (lavender top) acceptable


Sample Volume
1 mL


Turnaround Time
1 week


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