Understanding Heart Disease
The majority of people can prevent Heart Disease
Did you know 82,000,000 people suffer from cardiovascular disease?
5 of 10 people who have a Heart Attack have a normal LDL Cholesterol number.
Every 40 seconds someone has a stroke, Every 4 minutes someone dies from a stroke. That equates to 15 deaths per hour and 90 stokes per hour.
Are you at risk for Heart Disease?
Take a few moments to review key factors.
Check all the risk factors below associated with heart disease that apply to you and/or that your doctor has discussed with you.
Things you can’t control
- History of heart disease, including heart attack, bypass, angioplasty or stroke
- Family history of early heart disease, before age 60
- Age (men older than 45, women older than 55)
Things you can control
- High total cholesterol, >240 mg/dL
- High LDL (“bad” cholesterol), >160 mg/dL
- Low HDL (“good” cholesterol),
- Pre-diabetes (defined as glucose between 100 and 125 mg/dL)
- Diabetes (glucose >125 mg/dL)
High blood pressure (systolic >140 and/or
- diastolic >90)
Lack of regular exerciseor Obesity
If you checked at least one of the boxes, you may be at borderline or high risk of heart disease. Checking just one box does not necessarily mean you will develop heart disease, but the more boxes you check, the higher your risk of heart disease.
Here at Prima Health Clinic our doctors are trained and have advanced knowlege of todays changing world of Cardiovascular Heath. The newest Advance is the Boston Heart Diagnostics. This is a blood test that evaluates overall Heart Health on 4 Levels.
When evaluating these areas. We may recommend you have these test done.
Cholesterol related tests:
- Total Cholesterol
- Total amount of cholesterol in your blood which includes mainly two forms, your ‘good’ HDL cholesterol and your ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol
- Type of fat found in cholesterol particles
- ‘Good’ cholesterol in your blood made up of many different particles; five major particles are important to heart disease risk.
- Protein that is located in your ‘good’ HDL cholesterol
- Boston Heart HDL Map®
- Measures the amount of ApoA-I in the five major HDL particles most directly related to heart disease. You want high amounts of alpha 1 (α-1), the largest and most protective HDL particle for your heart.
- ‘Bad’ cholesterol in your blood
- A particle similar to LDL; your level of Lp(a) is determined by your genes. You want a low amount.
- Protein that is located in your ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol
- Small, dense form of your ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol; increased levels indicate build up of fatty materials in your arteries.
- Boston Heart Cholesterol Balance®
- Provides valuable information about how your body produces and absorbs ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol; can help your doctor determine the right treatment for you.
Inflammation Related test:
- Protein produced in response to inflammation and excess build up of cholesterol and other fats
- Special type of protein produced by white blood cells that causes inflammation in your artery walls.
- Marker of unstable plaque in an artery wall; elevated values indicate you have a near term risk of having a heart attack or stroke
- Boston Heart Pre-diabetes Assessment®
- A highly predictive assessment that determines your risk of developing diabetes within ten years
- Amount of sugar in your blood
- Hormone that controls the level of sugar in your blood (glucose)
- Indicator of how well your glucose levels were controlled over the past two to three months
- Boston Heart Statin Induced Myopathy
Determines if you may develop muscle aches, spasms and pain on statin therapy and helps your healthcare provider select a statin and dose that is least likely to cause you complications
- A protein that provides useful information about how well you would respond to diet and statin therapy
- Factor II / Factor V
- Proteins essential for clotting; measures gene defects that may determine if you are more likely to develop harmful blood clots
- Hormone that is released into your blood due to decreased function of heart muscle
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin that is important for your heart health
If Heart Health is a concern for you please call our office today.