Collection Method


Kit Requirements

SST Serum (Fasting)

Turn Around Time

7-10 business days Turnaround times are estimates


Sample Report


Lipoprotein (a) is an independent risk factor for vascular disease.  Lipoprotein (a) has many properties in common with low density lipoprotein (LDL) but contains a unique protein, apolipoprotein (a) which is structurally different.  Increased plasma lipoprotein levels have been significantly correlated with cardiovascular disease.  Elevated levels may interfere with plasminogen action and promote thrombosis.

Lipoprotein (a) concentrations may be affected by disease states (e.g. kidney failure) but are only slightly affected by diet, exercise and other environmental factors. Most commonly prescribed lipid-reducing drugs have little or no effect on Lp(a) concentration.

High Lp(a) predicts risk of early atherosclerosis independently of other cardiac risk factors, including LDL. In patients with advanced cardiovascular disease, Lp(a) indicates a coagulant risk of plaque thrombosis. Uptake via the LDL receptor is not a major pathway of Lp(a) metabolism. The kidney has been identified as playing a role in Lp(a) clearance from plasma.


  • Lipoprotein (a)

Test Method

Automated chemistry (Roche Diagnostics)

Common Conditions

  • Cardiovascular Health
    • Cardiovascular Disease
    • Recurrent cardiovascular disease despite statin treatment
  • Other Health Conditions
    • Congestive heart failure
    • Coronary artery disease
    • Familial hypercholesterolaemia
    • Family history of elevated lipoprotein (a)
  • Neurological Symptoms
    • Stroke

Notice To Patients

NutriPATH practices in the usual practitioner-referral system for pathology laboratories. Patients are highly recommended to seek the supervision and guidance of a qualified healthcare practitioner for the interpretation of any lab results and associated information. NutriPATH can offer assistance in locating a suitable practitioner.

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How it works

Step 1

Order test

Your referring practitioner will place this order via their online portal.

Step 2

Collect Samples

A test kit will be dispatched to you and you can conveniently collect your sample in the comfort of your home.

Step 3

Return Samples

Return samples for analysis via the provided courier packaging.

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