Understanding your cardiac risk with the PLAC (LpPLA²) blood test
Cardiovascular disease is the main cause of death in England.* Early testing is crucial in determining the best way to diagnose, assess and treat cardiovascular disease. London Bridge Hospital was the first private unit to offer a revolutionary blood test, PLAC (LpPLA²), available at the main hospital, and our Outpatient Diagnostic and Treatment Centre in Sevenoaks. The test can swiftly indicate the risk of developing heart disease or suffering a stroke.
The PLAC (LpPLA2) blood test demonstrates a patient’s cardiac risk factor by returning an index of inflammatory changes in the blood vessel wall. The results are determined as either low, medium or high risk. PLAC (LpPLA²) has the ability to reveal extensive detail about the types of changes patients with medium to high cardiovascular risk should strive to make to decrease their risk factor. You can be referred by your GP for the test either at London Bridge Hospital or Sevenoaks Medical Centre, without requiring a consultation from a cardiologist, if your lifestyle is deemed to include the common risk factors associated with cardiac disease suchas smoking, high cholesterol and relevant family history.
Results are available within 24 to 48hours, and if the results show that the patient’s risk factor is normal, they will simply be sent back to the GP. However, if the results return indicating a high risk factor, then they will also be assessed by a consultant cardiologist. You will then be offered an appointment with a cardiologist to discuss these results and a tailored treatment programme is offered. Medium and high risk patients also receive support from the hospital’s multidisciplinary team, including physiotherapists and dietitians, to aid with rehabilitation and provide dietary advice and guidance.