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How to check your PLAC® levels with a home finger-prick blood test kit

What Is A PLAC® Test For?

A PLAC® test is also known as a Lipoprotein-associated Phospholipase A2 or Platelet-activating Factor Acetylhydrolase test.

The PLAC® test measures levels of the enzyme lipoprotein phospholipase. This enzyme indicates the possibility of plaque accumulation, a substance that accumulates inside your arteries causing them to harden and narrow.

Plaques make it hard for the heart to pump blood, restricting the blood flow and oxygen supply to vital organs. This increases the risk of blood clots known as thrombosis. These can block the flow of blood to the heart or brain.

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PLAC® Testing UK Statistics 2021

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28.0% of people tested have PLAC® levels which are too high.

The average PLAC® result is 548.2 U/L
Note what is normal for you may differ for your age and gender.

Human male body

Men tend to report higher PLAC® in their blood than women.

As many as one in three men tested have high levels of PLAC®

Normal range test results


of people have PLAC® blood levels in the normal range. Do you?

Are you in the 72.0% with normal results?

What If PLAC® Test Levels Are High?

What If PLAC® Test Levels Are High?

Several studies have shown an elevated PLAC® test is linked to an increased risk from cardiovascular diseases, including heart attack and stroke.

The risk from cardiovascular disease is increased further when other risk factors are present, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol or high hs-CRP levels. It is worthwhile also investigating these for a complete risk profile. A complete cholesterol & hs-CRP test is available here.

Lifestyle changes may be sufficient to reduce Lp-PLA2 levels and risk from heart disease, but depending on your other risk factors, more aggressive management – including medication, may be required. This should be discussed with your G.P. accompanied by a clinical investigation.

Measures that can reduce PLAC® levels utilise similar strategies to those used to reduce cholesterol levels and include:

  • The adoption of a healthy diet, low in saturated fats and high in whole-grain foods, vegetables and fruits 
  • Increased exercise, and the lowering of body fat, which may also reduce blood pressure
  • Stopping smoking and the consumption of excessive alcohol
  • Check with your dentist for gum disease, surprisingly the plaques which form on your teeth can contribute to elevated Lp-PLA2 levels
  • Both prescribed and over-the-counter medicines and supplements can reduce Lp-PLA2 levels. These should be taken as part of a structured treatment plan developed by your G.P. to best address any other risk factors.

How To Test PLAC®?

Health testing for PLAC® levels in your blood

The PLAC® (Lp-PLA2) Test allows you to accurately check your levels of PLAC® in a fingerprick blood sample.

You can check your PLAC® levels by buying a home finger-prick blood test kit below. Your sample is then professionally analysed in an accredited laboratory for total reassurance. The Vitall Artery Health Home Test Kit includes a PLAC® test and is available for just £69.

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Why Take The PLAC® Test?

The Clogged Artery home blood test kit - or 'PLAC' test checks the level of inflammation in your coronary artery walls. This is associated with hardening or furring of your arteries known as atherosclerosis.

Artherosclerosis greatly increased your risk of developing heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. 

These conditions are largely preventable with a healthy lifestyle, and the risk of serious problems can be reduced with treatment.

Take control of your health without any of the inconvenience of going to the doctors with one of Vitall’s at-home blood tests.

Who Should Take The PLAC® Blood Test?

Assess artery health and your risk from hardening or furring of the arteries using a home finger-prick blood test kit.

You get the convenience of home testing with the reassurance of professional clinical analysis. Your results are delivered quickly & securely online.

This Artery Health Test is advised if you:

  • are overweight or obese (have a high BMI);
  • are, or have been, a smoker;
  • have diabetes, or impaired glucose tolerance;
  • have family history of heart disease;
  • have high cholesterol;
  • have, or have had, high blood pressure;
  • want the convenience of home testing without waiting for a GP appointment;
  • need a high quality, clinically accredited test done in a professional clinical laboratory.

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How Much Do Artery Health Tests Cost?

The Vitall artery health test is available online for just £69. Your home test kit will be dispatched by free first class post for delivery to your door.

When you checkout to buy your artery health test online we also offer additional options, including:

  • Upgrade to next day delivery of your home test kit for an additional £7.99.
  • Visit the Patient Reception in central London for just £25. Your artery health test sample can be collected by a qualified nurse for immediate analysis.
  • Have a nurse visit you to collect the sample for your artery health test, this is available within the M25 area for just £149.

Whichever option you choose at checkout, buying the best artery health test online in the UK with Vitall ensures high quality results from an accredited laboratory.

Take control of your health today with one of Vitall’s home blood tests.

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