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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5 Surprising Heart Disease Risk Factors

…be a harbinger of clots, heart attack, and stroke. Now it's your turn: Did any of these little-known heart disease risk factors surprise you? You May Also Be Interested In * Heart Function Tests to Assess Your Heart Disease Risk * Blood Inflammation Tests for Heart Disease Risk

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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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Can Your Social Ties Protect You from Heart Disease?

testing on this as well at a psychotherapy workshop in 1986. We observed that women who networked and shared emotions with one another had lower levels of stress hormones (catecholamine and cortisol) than the men who kept their feelings to themselves. Most significantly, 80% of those men had heart disease,…

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Learn the Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack in Women

…symptom of heart disease. As I stressed in my book HeartSense for Women, women need to be proactive about addressing their risk and getting preliminary screening. A baseline EKG, and perhaps even an exercise stress test for a woman with risk factors by the time she is age 50, just makes great "heart sense…

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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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How Too Much Iron Harms Your Heart

…levels are healthy, ask your doctor to perform a special iron test called serum ferritin. Now It's Your Turn: What do you do to monitor your heart health? You May Also Be Interested In * Vitamins and Women * Blood Tests for Heart Disease Tests

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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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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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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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