The Apolipoprotein A-1 (Apo A-1) test is performed in order to assess risk for cardiovascular disease. Apo A-1 tends to rise and fall with HDL levels. Low levels of Apo A-1 correlate with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
The Apolipoprotein B (Apo B) test is performed in order to assess risk for cardiovascular disease. Apo B tends to rise and fall with LDL levels. Elevations of Apo B correlate with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Arthritis is characterized by pain, swelling and stiffness associated with joint inflammation. Causes of arthritis can vary from injury, long term wear and tear, or infection. The Arthritis Panel is used to assess a person’s potential for having Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and gout (a common form of arthritis). Rheumatoid factor (RF) and CCP antibodies are useful for identifying person’s with RA or who may develop RA, and possibly identify the level of severity. Uric acid levels are measured to help identify gout, a common form of arthritis. Elevated levels of C-reactive protein are indicative of inflammation.
The Arthritis Panel includes the following tests:
The Athletic Performance Panel has been designed to offer biochemical information about factors that can affect an athlete’s performance and recovery after training. This information can be used to establish baseline values and to monitor them over time so that you can modify your current training as needed in order to reach your athletic performance goals.
This panel includes:
Your blood can tell you a lot about your body and allow you to reach optimal performance if you know your current stats and stay educated about sports nutrition technology. Whether you are an elite athlete or just beginning to train, it’s important to properly structure your training regimen, manage nutrition, deal with fatigue and reach your goals.
The Blood Type test can be used if you are interested in knowing your blood type. The blood type is determined by the blood group, which is A, B, AB or O and the Rh factor, which can be positive, weakly positive (called Du), or negative. In the case of blood transfusions it is crucial to know the blood type and Rh type of the recipient to avoid transfusion reactions.
The BNP test is used to detect or evaluate the severity of heart failure. Because symptoms of heart failure can be mistaken for various other conditions, the BNP test can be used along with other cardiac tests to assess other areas that may be the source of the problem.
The Cardiac Lipid Panel measures the lipids that are recommended by the National Cholesterol Education Program to determine your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. This panel includes cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and triglycerides. Total cholesterol is made up of HDL, or "good” cholesterol, which decreases your risk for heart disease, and LDL, or "bad” cholesterol, which increases your risk. Triglycerides are now considered a risk factor for heart disease.
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Celiac disease is associated with individuals who have gluten intolerance. This happens when the body has an incorrect immune response to gluten and as a result causes inflammation in the small intestine and damage to the intestinal lining. This can commonly manifest into symptoms of abdominal pain.
The Basic Celiac Panel looks for the presence or absence of tissue transglutaminase (tTG) antibodies, both IgA and IgG classes. The IgA class is the primary test and is preferred by the American College of Gastroenterology’s 2013 guidelines. IgG levels are useful in the case of IgA deficiencies that make IgA testing alone less effective.
Celiac disease is associated with individuals who have gluten intolerance. This happens when the body has an incorrect immune response to gluten and as a result causes inflammation in the small intestine and damage to the intestinal lining. This can commonly manifest into symptoms of abdominal pain. The Extended Celiac panel is an extensive analysis used to evaluate the potential of celiac disease.
The main components measured are:
tTG antibody levels are used to assess the potential of celiac disease, but first it is important to look at overall IgA levels. This panel provides a total IgA level to ensure there are proper levels of IgA antibodies, which will allow appropriate assessment of tTG antibodies. Once IgA levels are measured we know whether we should look at tTG IgA or tTG IgG levels to assess celiac disease. If IgA levels are within optimal range, the tTG IgA measurement can be used. Alternately, if the total IgA levels are low, the tTG IgG measurements can be used.
Blood chloride testing is often ordered, along with other electrolytes, as part of a regular physical to screen for a variety of conditions. These tests may also be ordered to help diagnose the cause of symptoms such as prolonged vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, and respiratory distress.