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Lipoprotein(a) Test

$ 49.0

Learn more about your risk for heart disease and stroke with a simple blood test.

More than 80% of premature heart attacks and strokes are preventable.1  A high Lipoprotein(a), or Lp(a), level can lead to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) as well as a higher likelihood of thrombosis (blood clotting). This can lead to heart attack, stroke or other blood vessel and heart valve diseases.

Our Lipoprotein(a) Test measures the amount of Lp(a) in your blood, and the results can help you and your healthcare provider decide if further testing or treatment is necessary.

Note: This screening test is not intended to diagnose cardiovascular disease (CVD) or other diseases.

Lipoprotein(a) Test

$ 49.0

Test Details

Sample Type: Blood
Age: 18+
HSA/FSA: Accepted
Collection Method: In person at a Labcorp location
Results: 1-2 days from when your sample arrives at our lab.

Preparation: No special preparation needed.

What's Tested

This test measures for levels of lipoprotein(a), a type of “bad” cholesterol.

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Cholesterol is a waxy, fatty substance made by your liver. Your body needs it to build cells and make vitamins and other hormones. There is “good” and “bad” cholesterol in the body but too much cholesterol can pose a problem.


Lipoproteins include LDL, HDL, Lp(a). Lp(a) is a specific LDL that carries “bad” cholesterol to the cells in your arteries. A routine cholesterol test, also called a lipid profile or lipid panel, measures your LDL, HDL, total cholesterol, and triglycerides levels.3 However, the test doesn’t measure the number of each lipoprotein that can lead to heart disease, including Lp(a). Even if your LDL levels are in the normal range, Lp(a) levels may still be high. This means your risk for heart disease and stroke could still be high.

This test is appropriate for individuals who have certain health conditions or markers that indicate a high risk for atherosclerosis. These include people who have:

• A personal history of heart disease or stroke before 55 in men and 65 in women

• Female family members who had a heart attack or stroke before age 65

• Male family members who had a heart attack or stroke before age 55

• High LDL cholesterol, even though you take medicine to lower it
• Heart or blood vessel disease (especially if your cholesterol and triglyceride levels are normal without taking medicine to lower them)

• Familial hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) 4
• A personal history of multiple heart attacks and/or procedures to open up blocked arteries5


The National Lipid Association published a clinical guideline in 2022 to recommend who should be tested. You can share this publication with your provider when discussing your results.

Values of Lp(a) greater than or equal to 75.0 nmol/L may indicate a risk factor for heart disease. The Lp(a) levels in different ethnic populations can vary widely.2 Speak with your healthcare provider about various risk factors you may have.

Your results will tell you the level of lipoprotein(a) in your blood sample. Lp(a) levels greater than or equal to 75.0 nmol/L may indicate a risk factor for heart disease.2

A high Lp(a) level indicates you may have an increased risk of heart attack, heart disease, stroke, and other diseases of the blood vessels. There are currently no targeted treatments to lower Lp(a) levels at this time. However, you should share any abnormal results with your healthcare provider to discuss other treatments (such as statins) or ways to reduce your overall risk of heart disease including lifestyle changes (such as well-balanced nutrition and physical activity).