The LOX-index is a cardiovascular screening examination for determining the risk of developing cerebral infarction (stroke) or myocardial infarction (heart attack). This test measures denatured LDL and LOX-1 proteins, which are closely related to the arteriosclerosis that causes these diseases.
- Denatured LDL is Low Density Lipoprotein or “bad” cholesterol that has been oxidized.
- LOX-1 is a receptor for denatured LDL present in vascular endothelial cells and the combination results in a chronic inflammatory condition, causing arteriosclerosis
Based on 11 years of research conducted in Japan, the risk of developing cerebral infarction and myocardial infarction can be assessed. The results show that having a higher LOX-index results in a much higher incidence of cerebral infarction and myocardial infarction.
Atherosclerosis is a disease that can be prevented by improving lifestyle. The LOX-index screening test is intended to help by knowing your risks early and using this information for prevention.
*This test is only used to assess the patient’s cardiovascular risk, and it is not intended to diagnose or confirm whether the patient has a cerebral infarction or myocardial infarction.
Approximately 5ml of venous blood is collected. Analysis is conducted in a specialized clinical laboratory. Results are ready in about 2-3 weeks, and test results are explained by a physician, where preventive measures will be suggested as needed.