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Can I prevent having a heart attack or stroke?
The PLAC Test can help.
The PLAC Test is a blood test that measures the level of Lp-PLA2 (Lipoprotein-associated Phospholipase A2), an enzyme associated with the inflammation of your arteries. Increased levels of Lp-PLA2 increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
In most adults, cholesterol causes a fatty deposit called plaque to build up in the walls of the arteries. When arterial walls become inflamed, your body produces the enzyme Lp-PLA2. If the amount of Lp-PLA2 is high, this may indicate that the plaque is more likely to rupture through the inside lining of your artery into your bloodstream, where it may cause a clot that could result in heart attack or stroke.
The PLAC Test can provide you and your doctor with information about the health of your arteries that was not available in the past.
When you have an infection in a cut, the cut becomes inflamed and hurts! Your arteries do not have the same type of pain receptors, and are unlikely to hurt when they are inflamed. The PLAC Test measures an enzyme that increases when your arteries are inflamed. That is why the PLAC Test can help your doctor better understand what is happening in your arteries, and assess your risk for heart attack and stroke.
Now is the time to work with your doctor. Your doctor may prescribe lifestyle changes, such as exercise or diet. Your doctor may also order prescription medication, or medicine you can buy without a prescription. Remember, your arteries do not hurt when they are inflamed—you may have problems without knowing it. Over 50% of people who have a heart attack or stroke have no symptoms until the heart attack or stroke occurs.
If your PLAC Test is low, you are at lower risk for heart attack or stroke.