If your PLAC® Test for Lp-PLA2result is high, you are at increased risk for heart attack or stroke.
A large research study followed the health of about 13,000 middle-aged people for 6 years. The people who had a high PLAC Test result had a higher risk (almost 2 times higher) for a heart attack, even when their LDL-cholesterol values were relatively low or in a normal range*. With high blood pressure and an elevated PLAC Test result, the risk for stroke increases to almost 7 times**.
Individuals with an elevated PLAC Test, who have two or more other risk factors (such as high blood pressure or an elevated cholesterol level) have more than twice the risk of a heart attack. With high blood pressure and an elevated PLAC Test, the risk for stroke increases more than 6 times.
If your result is 200 ng/mL or greater, now is the time to speak with your doctor. Your doctor may prescribe lifestyle changes, such as exercise, diet or nutritional supplements. Your doctor may also order prescription medication, or suggest over-the-counter medicines. Remember, your arteries do not hurt when they are inflamed—you may have problems without knowing it.
It is important that you follow your doctor’s directions! Together you and your doctor can determine the best treatment to reduce your risk.
* ARIC Study - Published in 2004 in the Journal Circulation.
** ARIC Study - Published in 2005 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.