Blood Test For Heart Disease

The Real Risk Factors for Heart Disease

…them tested before you have your blood drawn, because he or she may need to order additional tests. Not all of them are part of traditional lipid panels. Now it's your turn: Have you had your heart risk factors tested? You May Also Be Interested In * Heart Function Tests to Assess Heart Disease Risk…

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Is It Your Heart, Or Is It Lyme Disease?

…first test your doctor can do is the blood enzyme immunoassay (EIA) or blood immunofluorescence assay (IFA). If either test comes back positive, your doctor can request a Western blot test. The problem, though, is that the majority of these tests can produce a false negative even if Lyme disease is present…

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Inflammation and Heart Disease Risk

…underlying most other diseases, as well. Inflammation and Heart Disease * Have your doctor request a blood test to measure your level of C-reactive protein (CRP). This is your body’s key inflammatory marker. While the overall numbers may vary according to the lab, look for a general reading below…

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Low Testosterone Side Effects Include Heart Disease

…between low testosterone and coronary artery disease. These low testosterone side effect findings make perfect sense in light of what we know about the heart. There are many testosterone receptor sites in the heart and blood vessels, which means nature intended for this male hormone to serve these organs…

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Diabetes and Heart Disease

…in your entire body, including your heart. So heart disease can actually start during the pre-diabetes stage known as “insulin resistance.” Again, regular blood sugar testing is your best defense. * Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can cause diabetes. For many years now, we’ve known that statin…

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4 Secrets for Preventing Diabetes & Controlling It

heart disease as two separate conditions, but they're closely related. The most common problem is atherosclerosis—the hardening of the arteries that usually starts before full-blown diabetes is diagnosed. The accumulated plaque typical of atherosclerosis can rupture or break apart, causing blood

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Is Taking a Daily Aspirin Right for You?

blood pressure lowering, stress reduction and so on. But taking a daily aspirin for secondary heart attack prevention—if you’ve already had a heart attack or have a history of cardiovascular disease—is just plain good medicine. I regularly advocate aspirin for those who have known heart disease,…

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What You May Not Know About Naturopathic Medicine

blood pressure lowering agent takes effect in the body. What Can You Expect When You Visit a Naturopathic Doctor? Many naturopathic doctors have access to traditional diagnostic tools such as routine laboratory blood tests, specialty laboratory tests (stool testing, food allergy panels, hormone testing,…

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Signs and Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease

…symptoms of coronary artery disease can also threaten good cholesterol levels and limit your ability to prevent blood clots. Acute stress, such as anger, can cause heart attack and stroke. Oxidative stress. Unchecked free-radical activity accelerates age-related degenerative diseases. Free radicals are generated…

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5 Heart-Health Facts Your Cardiologist Won’t Tell You

…Thinning the Blood: Many people think that the healing power of statin drugs is that they lower your cholesterol. But the real reason these drugs can be helpful for some people is that they thin the blood and improve inflammation—which as I mentioned earlier is the real culprit in heart disease. That's…

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Measuring the Heart Rate-Brain Connection

…hooked up to cardiac monitors right in front of me: heart rate and blood pressure fluctuate with more than exertion and medication. They respond directly to whoever ELSE is in the room with you. Whether it’s the lab with an uncomfortable test, a doctor or a family member, I watched as emotions definitely…

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How Too Much Iron Harms Your Heart

…a special iron test called serum ferritin. Ideally, you want your iron level to be less than 80 mg/L (for women) and less than 90 mg/L (for men). Now It's Your Turn: What do you do to monitor your heart health? You May Also Be Interested In * The Real Risk Factors for Heart Disease * Dangers of Mixing…

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Eating Healthy Foods: Test Your Food IQ

As I’ve long said, sugar--not cholesterol--is the real villain when it comes to heart disease. Naturally, that begs the question about foods you can eat and which foods you should avoid. Test your “food IQ” and get the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions I receive on eating healthy…

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Should You Get Screened for an Aneurysm?

…risk for aortic aneurysm, prevention is the same as it is for other cardiovascular concerns: follow a prudent diet, exercise, keep your weight and blood pressure levels healthy, and avoid smoking and secondhand smoke. Medical management can also include medications to keep your heart rate and blood pressure…

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