At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
To determine whether or not you have an adequate level of apo A-I, especially if you have a low level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL-C), and to help determine your risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD)
When to Get Tested?
When you have high cholesterol and triglycerides (hyperlipidemia) and/or a family history of CVD; when your health care provider is trying to assess your risk of developing heart disease; when monitoring the effectiveness of lipid treatment and/or lifestyle changes
A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm; blood from the prick of a baby's heel or finger
Test Preparation Needed?
None; however, this test is often ordered at the same time as other tests that require fasting, so you may be instructed to fast for 12 hours prior to having this test.