Frequently Asked Questions2018-08-31T23:07:30+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about the cardiovascular disease APOE genotyping test

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Test Type Testing Time Fee
Cardiovascular Disease (ApoE) DNA Test 2 to 4 weeks $195 Click Here to Order Kit

All orders received before 3pm PST / 6pm EST are shipped out the same business day. All orders received after 3pm PST / 6pm EST or on weekends or holidays are shipped out the following business day. 24/7 online status check and account management available for all tests.

How long will testing take?2016-12-22T21:31:02+00:00
Testing begins immediately once the samples arrive at the laboratory and is completed within 3 to 5 business days.
What cardiovascular disorder is the APOE e2 allele associated with?2016-12-22T21:31:02+00:00
The APOE e2 allele is associated with an increased risk of elevated VLDL-cholesterol & triglycerides. This can lead to hyperlipoproteinemia type III, which can cause vascular disease and diabetes.
What cardiovascular disorder is the APOE e4 allele associated with?2016-12-22T21:31:02+00:00
The APOE e4 allele is associated with an increased risk of elevated LDL-cholesterol. High cholesterol levels can lead to lipid build up, plaques, atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.
What is the APOE gene?2016-12-22T21:31:02+00:00
The APOE gene encodes Apolipoprotein E (ApoE). ApoE is essential for packaging and carrying cholesterol and fats through the bloodstream. There are three common alleles of the APOE gene: APOE e2, APOE e3 and APOE e4.
How common is cardiovascular disease?2016-12-22T21:31:02+00:00
Cardiovascular disease is a common worldwide problem. Every year cardiovascular disease causes over 30 million heart attacks and strokes and 17.5 million deaths, accounting for approximately 31% of worldwide deaths.
If my parents or grandparents have cardiovascular disease, am I at increased risk?2016-12-22T21:31:02+00:00
There is an inherited component for many cases of cardiovascular disease, so you may be at risk if you have relatives with cardiovascular disease. Your APOE genotype (which is inherited from your parents) gives an indication of the risk of cardiovascular disease. However, there are many other genetic, environmental and hormonal factors that are likely to contribute to cardiovascular disease. Maintaining a heart healthy lifestyle reduces the risk for everyone, whether or not you have inherited an increased-risk genotype.
How do I receive my results?2016-12-22T21:31:03+00:00
You can choose to receive your results report by mail, email or both. The test includes one copy of the results by mail and one copy by email at no charge. The results report is issued immediately once the testing is completed.
Are my results confidential?2016-12-22T21:31:03+00:00
Yes, your results are 100% confidential. No one will be able to access your account or your results unless you give them your confidential account login. You can change the password to your account at any time. Please remember to safeguard your login information and not share it with anyone.
How long do I have to send the samples back?2016-12-22T21:31:03+00:00
The DNA testing kit does not have an expiry date so you can use the kit at any time. Once the DNA sample is collected, the sample should be returned to the laboratory for testing within 3 months of the collection date. The DNA sample will remain stable for 3 months at room temperature after collection.
Can I have more than one copy of the results?2016-12-22T21:31:03+00:00
If your sample contains intact DNA, then a full DNA profile will be obtained. However, if your sample does not contain DNA or contains degraded DNA, then only a partial profile or no profile at all is obtained. Even if no profile is obtained, the cost still applies for each sample that is submitted.
Is there an age limit?2016-12-22T21:31:03+00:00
No, there is no age limit for Cardiovasular Disease Risk (APOE) DNA Test testing. The test can be performed on individuals at any age, even newborns. The sample is collected easily and discretely using buccal swabs.
Which countries can you ship to?2016-12-22T21:31:03+00:00
The DNA collection kits can be shipped to any country in the world.
How long will testing take?2016-12-22T21:31:03+00:00
DNA testing begins immediately the day that your samples arrive at the laboratory and is completed within 5 to 7 business days. In some special situations, additional testing may be required, which could increase the turnaround time by a few extra days. You can check the status of your test online 24/7 using your secure account login. Your test report is released immediately once testing is complete.
How do I receive my results?2016-12-22T21:31:03+00:00
You can choose to receive your results report by mail, email or both. The test includes one copy of the results by mail and one copy by email at no charge. The results report is issued immediately once the testing is completed.
Which countries can you ship to?2016-12-22T21:31:04+00:00
The DNA collection kits can be shipped to any country in the world.
Is there an age limit?2016-12-22T21:31:04+00:00
No, there is no age limit for testing. The test can be performed on individuals at any age, even newborns. If the patient is a minor, the legal guardian must sign the DNA testing consent form. The sample is collected easily and discretely using buccal swabs.
How long do I have to send the samples back?2016-12-22T21:31:04+00:00
The DNA testing kit does not have an expiration date, so you can use the kit at any time. However, once the sample is collected, the samples must be sent back for testing within 3 weeks of the sample collection.
Are my results confidential?2016-12-22T21:31:04+00:00
Yes, your results are 100% confidential. No one will be able to access your account or your results unless you give them your confidential account login. You can change the password to your account at any time. Please remember to safeguard your login information and not share it with anyone.