Heart Disease Tests

Is It Your Heart, Or Is It Lyme Disease?

…fact, Lyme disease can manifest itself as over 300 diseases. Patients can walk into a doctor’s office with symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), or worse amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and have Lyme disease. Others could have headache, joint or muscle pain, thyroid issues, heart problems, or…

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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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Inflammation and Heart Disease Risk

…important question since the inflammation and heart disease connection is well documented, and more significant than cholesterol levels, and a factor 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…

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Low Testosterone Side Effects Include Heart Disease

…testosterone and causes of coronary artery disease from 1970-2013. In their analysis, they weren’t able to conclude that low testosterone side effects would lead to a heart attack—but there was a definite link between low testosterone and coronary artery disease. These low testosterone side effect findings…

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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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Diabetes and Heart Disease

Heart Disease * The most common heart problem that diabetes contributes to is atherosclerosis, which is hardening of the arteries. The trouble is that it usually develops silently, long before full-blown diabetes is diagnosed. That’s why I encourage everyone to make regular blood sugar testing a…

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Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack in Young Women

…history of early heart disease (occurring in immediate family members under age 50) have up to three times greater risk of developing arterial disease than someone without this genetic baggage. Make sure your doctor knows your family’s medical history and orders appropriate screening tests. Now it’s your…

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Study Finds Doctors Too Quick to Insert Heart Stents

…should receive heart stents on the basis of anatomy alone. In other words, just because tests may reveal a narrowing in an artery doesn’t mean a heart stent is necessary if you are asymptomatic. It’s just bad medicine to perform angioplasty on patients with stable coronary artery disease who otherwise…

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4 Medical Tests That Could Do More Harm than Good

…all the way to the heart. A radio-opaque dye is then injected, which lights up the heart and illuminates any blockages around it. Angiography is expensive ($5,000 to $10,000) and I don’t recommend it unless preliminary tests strongly suggest the presence of coronary artery disease. If your doctor recommends…

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

heart disease. Unfortunately, there’s no money to be made in doing these things. There are, however, huge profits to be made in selling drugs that lower cholesterol—which is no doubt driving the movement for testing cholesterol in children. Plus, if doctors are going to insist on cholesterol testing

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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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The Great Cholesterol Myth

heart research out to more people than I could ever reach in my clinical practice, including other doctors and healthcare professionals. One of my top missions has been is to educate people on the true cause of heart disease, and it’s not cholesterol. Most doctors and cardiologists are still testing

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

…Vitamin D intake of 400+ IU/day has been associated 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…

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New Life-Saving Cholesterol Testing

…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 down into…

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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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