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APOE Genotyping, Cardiovascular Disease

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Also known as: APOE Cardiac Risk
Formal name: Apolipoprotein E Genotyping

Were you looking instead for APOE genotyping ordered to evaluate for Alzheimer disease? If so, see APOE Genotyping, Alzheimer Disease.

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

APOE genotype tests are most often done as part of research protocols to help understand the role of genetic factors in cardiovascular disease. However, the testing is sometimes used in clinical settings to help confirm a diagnosis of type III hyperlipoproteinemia (also known as familial dysbetalipoproteinemia).

When to Get Tested?

When your health care provider suspects that you have an inherited component to your high cholesterol and triglyceride levels or if you have yellowish lesions called xanthomas on your skin

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?

None