Heart Disease Blood Test - Heartily Discounted Price!
HEART DISEASE BLOOD TESTS ARE NECESSARY FOR THESE REASONS:
- A heart disease blood screen panel offers information about your risk of developing heart disease
- These blood tests provide a comprehensive assessment of the blood levels of certain lipids and lipid-protein complexes
- Blood tests for heart disease are also important for monitoring whether life-style changes or medications are successfully lowering blood lipids
WHAT IS HEART DISEASE?
Heart disease encompasses several medical ailments that directly affect the proper function of the heart. The heart is a muscle that works constantly to provide oxygen and nutrients to the rest of the body, through the bloodstream. If your heart isn’t pumping at its full capacity, the rest of the body will be affected and will eventually shut down.
When something happens to the heart and it can’t transport this needed blood throughout the body, many other organs may be affected. Learning of heart disease early on will contribute greatly to the healthy wellbeing of the body.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), during 2019 in the USA there were 655,000 deaths due to heart disease, which is one in four of all deaths. Another scary stat: one person dies every 36 seconds due to this killer.
At Health-Tests-Direct we want to provide these life-saving blood tests to the general public at rates everyone can afford. We know the importance of proactive, responsible health care. You don’t have to become one of these statistics. Testing for heart disease through Health-Tests-Direct is not only easy, but it’s smart.
Heart disease comes in many forms:
- Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)- one of the most common forms of heart disease, caused by the build-up of fatty deposits that narrow the arteries and prevent healthy blood distribution
- Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)- another common form that is very similar to CHD
- Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)- the general term used to describe all types of heart disease
- Angina- chest pain due to the lack of oxygen-rich blood, feels like tightness and pressure or squeezing in the chest
- Heart Attack- also called myocardial infarction or MI occurs when the flow of blood to the heart is blocked often due to the buildup of fat, cholesterol, or other substances, which form a plaque in the arteries, the plaque can rupture and form a clot restricting blood flow completely
- Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)- this happens when the heart abruptly and unexpectedly stops beating, restricting blood flow to the brain and other organs
- Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)- occurs when the heart doesn't pump blood as well as it should
- Cardiomyopathy- a disease of the heart muscle that makes it difficult for the heart to pump blood
- Myocarditis- the inflammation of the heart muscle wall
- Pericarditis- when the tissue that helps the heart work, called the pericardium, is inflamed
- Endocarditis- an infection of the inner lining of the heart chambers and valves called the endocardium
- Atrial Fibrillation- an irregular, rapid heart rate occurring when the two upper chambers of your heart receive turbulent electrical signals
No matter what form it takes on if you have heart disease or at risk of heart disease, the stakes are high. With proper management, however, you can maintain some control and take precautions to keep your risk at a minimum.
WHO SHOULD BE BLOOD TESTED FOR HEART DISEASE
This blood test is a must for every man and woman over the age of 25. Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans today. According to the American Heart Association, among women, heart disease takes more lives every year than all the known types of cancer combined.
There are three groups of people who should be taking blood tests for heart disease:
- Anyone over the age of 25, as suggested by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the United States National Institutes of Health
- All individuals with a known heart disease
- All individuals with a family history of heart disease
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU TEST FOR HEART DISEASE?
- Age 25-35: Every 10 years
- Age 35-45: Every 5 years
- Age 45-50: Every 2 years
- Age 55+: Annually
BLOOD TESTS FOR HEART DISEASE INCLUDE TESTING FOR:
- Total cholesterol
- HDL cholesterol
- LDL cholesterol triglycerides
NOTE: This test does not include a check for C-reactive protein or homocysteine
WHAT 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. This may lead to heart attack and stroke (bleeding or clotting in the brain).
Because there are interventions that can significantly alter the levels of these factors, early knowledge of abnormal levels can allow you to take the necessary measures and reduce your likelihood of heart-related disease.
Blood tests that indicate abnormalities in your blood system 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 is the first step to correcting a poor health condition. A blood test can keep you in the know about your personal health.
WHAT IS NEXT?
Find out if your cholesterol and triglyceride levels make you a candidate for heart disease and order a Heart Health Expanded Panel.
If you have any questions about how Health-Tests-Direct can help get you the important blood tests you need, please contact us.
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