PLAC® (Lp-PLA2) Testing
How to check your PLAC® levels with a home fingerprick 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
26.3% of people tested have PLAC® levels which are too high.
The average PLAC® result is 544.8 U/L
Note what is normal for you may differ for your age and gender.
Men tend to report higher PLAC® in their blood than women.
As many as one in three men tested have high levels of PLAC®
of people have PLAC® blood levels in the normal range. Do you?
Are you in the 73.7% with normal results?
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®?
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 fingerprick 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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