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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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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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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Cholesterol Testing and Statins for Kids? Medicine’s Run Amok

…recommend the new generation of tests that identify the specific subgroups of cholesterol that are genuinely problematic. Now it’s your turn: What do you think about cholesterol testing for kids? You May Also Be Interested In: * Healthy Heart Nutrition for Kids * Healthy Blood Pressure: How to Help Our Kids

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Is Your Heart Getting Too Little (Or Too Much) Vitamin D?

…with decreased risk of developing multiple sclerosis. Vitamin D is Also Critical for Heart Health Vitamin D testing should be part of every cardiology workup. That’s because a number of studies have linked low blood levels of vitamin D with increased arterial stiffness and endothelial dysfunction…

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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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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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The Best Homocysteine Level for Cardiac Health

A while back, I was talking with Jim Roberts, M.D., an integrative cardiologist and my co-author for Reverse Heart Disease Now—and we both shared that we have low homocysteine levels. That may sound like good news, given the well-documented danger of high homocysteine levels. But the truth is, when…

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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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New Life-Saving Cholesterol Testing

…panic. But do ask for additional cholesterol testing. Only then will you know what’s really going on and whether or not cholesterol is, for you, a serious heart risk factor. Two New Cholesterol Blood Tests * The first is called the VAP test—short for vertical auto profile. This test can break cholesterol…

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Study Finds Doctors Too Quick to Insert Heart Stents

…, as the procedure for less-symptomatic patients hasn’t been shown to save lives or prevent heart attacks. Anatomy Is No Reason to Get Heart Stents I strongly agree that nobody should should receive heart stents on the basis of anatomy alone. In other words, just because tests may reveal a narrowing…

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The Great Cholesterol Myth

…the true cause of heart disease, and it’s not cholesterol. Most doctors and cardiologists are still testing their patients’ cholesterol numbers and wearing out their prescription pads with orders for prescription-lowering statin drugs. Meanwhile the true cause of heart disease, inflammation, is still…

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