Heart Blood Tests
The Montefiore Hospital provides heart blood tests in Brighton and Hove. A number of diagnostic blood tests can be conducted to assess heart disease risk including cholesterol testing, high sensitivity CRP (C-reactive protein) and diabetes testing.
This is carried out by Spire Pathology Services, one of the UK's largest networks of independent pathology laboratories.
Some of the more significant blood components that may be measured include the following:
- Apolipoproteins – This is the protein component of lipoproteins. It is not included in a standard lipid profile, but may be tested separately. Abnormal levels may promote atherosclerosis, and may increase the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) and stroke.
- Homocysteine is an amino acid (protein building block). Elevated blood levels may promote atherosclerosis and CAD, as well as blood clots that can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
- C-reactive protein (CRP) is a substance that reflects low levels of systemic inflammation and is increased in people at risk for CAD.
- Cardiac enzyme studies measure certain enzymes, such as CK-MB, that are released in large amounts when the heart is diseased or damaged, as from a heart attack.
To book an appointment
To book a heart blood test or for further information on the testing we provide, please contact 01273 828 148 or submit an enquiry through the form.