Lipoprotein (a) or Lp(a) is one type of lipoprotein that carries cholesterol in the blood. Lipoprotein (a) blood test is used to provide information about your risk of developing heart disease. It is a part of a targeted screen for cardiovascular disease (CVD).
The normal ranges of Lp(a) are below 30 mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter), or 1.7 mmol/L.
A high Lp(a) level may indicate
- Cerebral vascular disease
- Cardiovascular disease (CVD)
- Estrogen depletion
- Familial hypercholesterolemia
- Severe hypothyroidism
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Chronic renal failure
- Nephrotic syndrome
Keywords: Lipoprotein (a); Lp(a)