Heart Disease Blood Tests
BLOOD TESTS FOR HEART DISEASE ARE NECESSARY FOR THIS REASON:
A heart disease blood screen panel offers information about your risk of developing heart disease by providing a comprehensive assessment of your blood levels of certain lipids and lipid-protein complexes.
Blood tests for heart disease is also important for monitoring whether life-style changes or medications are successfully lowering blood lipids.
WHO SHOULD BE BLOOD TESTED FOR HEART DISEASE:
This is a MUST-DO blood test for every man and woman over the age of 25! Heart disease is the NUMBER ONE KILLER of Americans today. Among women, heart disease takes more of their lives every year than all the known types of cancer combined! (SOURCE: American Heart Association)
(1) Anyone over the age of 25, as suggested by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the United States National Institutes of Health.
(2) All individuals with a known heart disease
(3) All individuals with a family history of heart disease.
BLOOD TEST FOR HEART DISEASE HOW OFTEN?
Age 25-35: Every 10 years
Age 35-45: Every 5 years
Age 45-5: Every 2 years
Age 55+: Annually
BLOOD TEST FOR THIS TYPE CHECK OF HEART DISEASE INCLUDES:
Testing for Total Cholesterol; HDL Cholesterol; LDL Cholesterol Triglycerides (Your blood level of this fat)
NOTE: This test does NOT include a check for C-Reactive Protein or Homocysteine
TESTING YOUR BLOOD FOR HEART DISEASE WILL TELL YOU:
Cholesterol and triglyceride metabolism abnormalities have been shown to be predictive of increased risk for disease of the arteries which predispose to heart attack and stroke (bleeding or clotting in the brain).
Because there are interventions which can significantly alter the levels of these factors, early knowledge of abnormal levels can allow you to take the necessary measures – to take action – and reduce your likelihood of heart-related disease.
Blood tests that indicate abnormalities in your blood system- i.e., you are “out of normal range” – can alert you to take action. That action might be a visit to a physician or simply a different diet and exercise. In any case, “knowing” if something is wrong with you – and what is wrong – are the first steps to correctionof a poor health condition. A blood test can “keep you in the know” about your personal health!
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