Your Basket...

{{basket_item_id}}

{{service_name}}

{{service_additional_info}}

£{{service_price}}

Secure Booking

BOOK NOW
Private Blood Tests London at The Scan Clinic

Cardiovascular Risk

4.8 (Google Rating)Results in 3-4 DaysWhat's included?
blood-test-tube-icon
Blood Testing
report icon
Blood Results

£430

BOOK ONLINECALL ME

How to find us

The Scan Clinic London East,

635A Cranbrook Road,

Gants Hill IG2 6SX

VIEW MAP
Call the scan clinic

Call us on:

0203 904 7706

Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm

CALL US

Biomarkers Included with the Cardiovascular Risk blood test

Scroll down for more information about each biomarker

Lp-PLA2 (PLAC Test)

Cholesterol

Cholesterol:HDL ratio

Triglycerides

Apolipoprotein A

Apolipoprotein B

Fibrinogen

CRP (High Sensitivity – hsCRP)

Homocysteine

About the Cardiovascular Risk blood test

This test should help to identify hidden risk of cardiovascular event that might be missed by more conventional risk factors (eg cholesterol levles, blood pressure, family and smoking history).

High levels are indicative of increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Imaging tests whilst able to assess the anatomical state of blood vessels, cannot identify plaque that is vulnerable to rupture

What is the PLAC Test

The PLAC test measures the amount of lipoprotein-associated phospholipase (Lp_PLA2) in blood. Lp-PLA2 is an enzyme primarily associated with low density lipoprotein (LDL). LDL carries Lp-PLA2 to the coronary artery walls where it activates an inflammatory response. If present, this causes plaque to become more prone to rupture. Because this enzyme is associated with causing inflammation of coronary artery walls, high levels of Lp-PLA2 would therefore seem to indicate an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. Given that the majority of heart attacks and strokes are caused by plaque rupture and thrombosis, individuals with high levels or Lp-PLA2 might benefit from more aggressive management with lipid lowering agents, therapeutic intervention and/or lifestyle changes.

Traditional inflammatory markers, such as hsCRP, and CRP, whilst recognised as being useful systemic inflammatory markers are not as sensitive for identifying inflammation of the coronary artery walls. As a result, the PLAC test, which is measuring levels of Lp_PLA2, serves as a specific independent coronary marker.

  • Lp-PLA2 is independent of traditional cardiovascular risk factors
  • Lp-PLA2 is an enzyme produced in the plaque and its measurement is therefore more specific than other inflammatory markers.
  • Increases in Lp-PLA2 levels are not caused by traditional risk factors.
  • Imaging tests whilst able to assess the anatomical stat of blood vessels, cannot identify plaque that is vulnerable to rupture.

Lp-PLA2 levels should help to identify hidden risk of cardiovascular event that might be missed by more conventional risk factors (e.g. cholesterol levels, blood pressure, family and smoking history). Lipid levels alone cannot provide a great deal of information on the status of the artery wall whereas Lp-PLA2 is a direct measure of artery wall enzyme activity, independent of other cardiovascular markers. It is intended that the PLAC test should replace blood lipid testing or other traditional risk factors identified for cardiovascular disease. It provides an additional independent risk marker.

Why choose us?

We are a multi award winning clinic based in London, with awards from Whatclinic clinic of the year, GHP outstanding patient care and LUX best private ultrasound provider to name a few. Our clinical lead Mr. Usman is well known and respected in the industry and has been featured in the Huffington Post and performed scans live on ITV.

We pride ourselves on providing the best quality service we can which is why we are trusted by GP's, doctors, physiotherapists, midwives and many other healthcare professionals.

Our mission of better quality healthcare for everyone is at the heart of everything we do and drives us to do the best we can for each and every patient that we see. Our team of experts have years of experience and are fully registered and regulated meaning you are in safe hands with us.

Biomarker information for Cardiovascular Risk blood test

This blood test includes the biomarkers shown below along with information about each biomarker.
Lp-PLA2 (PLAC Test)

The enzyme lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) plays a role in the inflammation of blood vessels, promoting the build up of plaque in the coronary arteries. Lp-PLA2 is a risk marker for cardiovascular disease and because it is produced in the plaque itself, Lp-PLA2 is thought to be more sensitive at assessing cardiovascular disease risk than traditional inflammatory markers, such as CRP.

This can affect or useful or:
Cholesterol

Cholesterol is an essential fat (lipid) in the body. It has some important functions, including building cell membranes and producing a number of essential hormones such as testosterone and oestradiol. There are a number of different types of cholesterol, but the two main components of total cholesterol are HDL (high density lipoprotein) -“Good” and LDL (low density lipoprotein)- “Bad”.
The total cholesterol result on its own only shows the total amount of both of these components and so even if you have a good amount of total cholesterol, you may have a low amount of good cholesterol and high amount of bad cholesterol therefore its important to review each of these results to understand your cardiovascular health and risks of cardiovascular disease.

This can affect or useful or:
Cholesterol:HDL ratio

The cholesterol/HDL ratio is calculated by dividing your total cholesterol value by your HDL cholesterol level. It is used as a measure of cardiovascular risk because it gives a good insight into the proportion of your total cholesterol which is “good” (i.e. high-density lipoprotein, HDL). If your health check includes advanced cardiovascular risk scoring – QRisk then this value is important and used to help calculate your risk of having a heart attack.

This can affect or useful or:
Triglycerides

Triglycerides are a type of fat (lipid) that circulate in the blood. After you eat, your body converts excess calories (whether from fat or carbohydrates) into triglycerides which are then transported to cells to be stored as fat. Your body then releases triglycerides when required for energy.

This can affect or useful or:
Apolipoprotein A

Apolipoprotein A1, or ApoA1 is a major protein that is a component of high-density lipoprotein, or HDL cholesterol. It helps clear cholesterol from the blood by removing cholesterol from organs and tissues to be destroyed by the liver.

This can affect or useful or:
Apolipoprotein B

Apolipoprotein B, or ApoB is the primary apolipoprotein of low-density lipoproteins (LDL or bad cholesterol). It is responsible for carrying cholesterol to tissues.

This can affect or useful or:
Fibrinogen

Fibrinogen is a protein that helps with blood clotting. Your healthcare provider may order this test if you experience excessive bleeding. If you have low fibrinogen, you may have intravenous (IV) treatments to increase your levels.

This can affect or useful or:
CRP (High Sensitivity – hsCRP)

C-Reactive Protein (CRP) is an inflammation marker used to assess whether there is inflammation in the body – it does not identify where the inflammation is located. High Sensitivity CRP (CRP-hs) is a test used to detect low-level inflammation thought to damage blood vessels which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. When you suffer a serious injury or infection you experience significant inflammation around the site of injury – such as the swelling around a twisted ankle. Any injury like this will cause your CRP-hs to rise.

This can affect or useful or:
Homocysteine

Homocysteine is an amino acid used by the body to make protein and to build and maintain tissue. Homocysteine is a product of methionine metabolism and in healthy cells, is quickly converted to other products.

This can affect or useful or:

What does the Cardiovascular Risk blood test involve?

This blood test is just like a standard blood test.

You will be asked to uncover you left or right arm and suitable vein is found. A tourniquet will be placed and tightened around your upper arm allowing the veins to swell and a needle will be placed into your vein. A small quantity of blood is then drawn into tubes. Once the procedure is complete a small plaster will be placed onto the site which can be removed after a few hours.

How do I prepare

  • The blood test requires access to the area of interest, therefore, it is recommended to wear loose clothing to facilitate this process.
  • No specific preparation is required for this scan.

Our Reviews

HCT iBusHCT iBus
11:46 02 Dec 23
A great service that delivers in a clean and friendly safe environment that delivered exactly what... we needed for our peace of mind. Really expert information and friendly service from start to finish. Will recommend to all friends and family.read more
Candice UghaonuCandice Ughaonu
11:28 03 Oct 23
Great team and the Doctor was super friendly, very detailed and reassuring. He answered all my... questions and concerns. I left feeling much better. I have used them many times and will use again if required in future. Definitely recommend!read more
Gemma KGemma K
11:39 22 Jul 23
I came here for my first child’s gender reveal 3 years ago and the treatment hasn’t changed. The... service is still amazing, the doctors and staff were so welcoming and kind. The doctor took his time to explain the scan to me and checking the baby. The facility is very soothing and relaxing. What an amazing team. May God bless themread more
OYRAM UDAROYRAM UDAR
15:18 12 Jul 23
I recommend this clinic from my heart , the doctor and assistent was so kind and they make me feel... very confortable while on the procedure , nothing to complain, everything perfect . I will go to this clinic again if i will need it for sure .read more
Violeta GugleaVioleta Guglea
17:16 17 Jun 23
I have used the this clinic at the recommendation of my friend who had a positive experience. I... have used this clinic looking for reassurance before my gallbladder removal operation. The appointment was quickly booked for the next day to suit my needs. The scan was performed by a very well spoken, professional person. The whole experience was very positive, as expected from a private clinic. From the experience I have had, I can highly recommend this clinic.read more
aditya gandhiaditya gandhi
16:08 12 Nov 22
Today me & my wife had 2nd visit of scan clinic. I must say our both visit of scan clinic are much... satisfactory. We were welcomed by miss Zeenat. She was very polite and professional throughout. Scan performed very well & explained as well. Scan clinic deserves thumbs up.read more
ruth raeruth rae
15:21 07 Sep 22
I booked an early scan here and I had a great experience. All the staff were amazing and friendly.... The Sonographer was great, really made me feel at ease. I would highly recommend this clinic.read more
Tiziana MonnoTiziana Monno
08:10 18 Aug 22
Beautiful experience! I was 31 weeks pregnant and a little worried about my little girl's position.... I was so patiently confirmed by the doctor and informed us of the growth. My partner and I were more than satisfied. Professionalism and kindness they made me feel comfortable.read more
Lina ZhangLina Zhang
10:55 16 Aug 22
I've been to this clinic 4 times over the past 7 years for both pregnancy scans and health scans.... What sterling services they consistently provide! Booking is always easy either online or over the phone, minimum waiting time, and calming environment. What's most impressive is that Mr Usman always explained the scan results thoroughly in a calm and professional way on site and in a report, and quickly spotted issues that both my hospital scan and community clinic scan completely missed (the sonographer at the hospital even asked where I did my scan as she was impressed)! This helped me eventually get timely referral and free from lots of stress. I always feel being well looked after by the team and will wholehearted recommend them to anyone who is looking for efficient, caring and professional help.read more
sannndra Ruizsannndra Ruiz
09:25 06 Aug 22
Great treatment, it's the second time we've been here and we plan to repeat the whole pregnancy.... They revealed the gender of the baby in week 16 and the doctor is super careful and delicate, a 10 out of 10.read more
js_loader

Important Notes

  • We will require details of your GP / Health Care Professional, which may be requested before or at the time of the scan.
  • Blood results require interpretation. All results should be interpreted by your regular health care professional / GP.

Fact Check Information

The Scan Clinic is committed to providing accurate and objective educational content about health and medical related topics. We know that there is a lot of misinformation out there, and we take our responsibility to be a trustworthy source of information seriously. Every article on our site is thoroughly fact-checked by our team of writers.

Find the service you need..

Call Me Now

Google reCaptcha: Invalid site key.