Taking care of your heart is a life-long process. Unlike other diseases, heart disease may be preventable if you start taking care of your heart early with the proper diet and exercise. Monitoring your cardio bio-markers is also needed to help you to understand your risks and allow you the chance make any changes needed to maintain a healthy heart.
There are a few simple blood tests you can do to determine if you are at risk of heart disease and stroke. Your tests should check:
Cholesterol Levels- This is one of the most common blood tests related to heart health. It checks to see if your LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol is high which can create plaque and can eventually cause blocked arteries leading to heart attack or stroke.
50% of Heart attacks happen to people with “normal” cholesterol levels
Homocysteine Levels- High levels of homocysteine is caused by lack of “B” Vitamin’s in your diet. Without proper levels of these nutrients, homocysteine cannot be removed from the blood properly resulting in thickening of the blood and damage of the artery lining.
Approximately 10% of coronary deaths are related to high homocysteine levels in the blood
Inflammation – Vascular inflammation tests can show if there is inflammation in your blood vessels. Inflammation can be a result of infection or injury and even low levels over time can result in heart issues.
Metabolic Process - Cardio specific metabolic tests can help assess your risk of developing heart disease in the future by checking the levels of stress hormones, glucose and insulin for weight management, Vitamin D, thyroid and other factors that impact your heart function.
Prevention is the best medicine so make heart health part of your overall health goals. Ask your physician to check ALL of your levels, because heart health is more than just cholesterol levels.
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