Cardiovascular disease blood tests
Cardiovascular disease or heart disease means that blood vessels are clogged and could lead to a heart attack, angina or a stroke, knowing what cardiovascular disease blood tests are available to you could make a difference in how you look after yourself in terms of reducing your risk of some very serious health conditions.
A blood test for heart disease
There are a number of cardiovascular disease blood tests that may require fasting all of them are included in the Comprehensive cardiovascular disease risk test provided by Doctor Brady Hurst and his team at True Health Labs. For example the lipoprotein test is done to assess your risk of coronary artery disease, in a similar way the total lipid profile test panel assesses not only your risk of coronary heart disease but also any other problems related to your heart.
The cardiovascular disease blood tests are done to provide your doctor with information on high cholesterol, diabetes, amount of plaque build-up in your arteries, when plaque forms and sticks to the inside of your arteries it obstructs normal blood flow and puts pressure on your heart as it attempts to pump enough blood around your arteries sufficient for your bodies needs.
The coronary artery
Big problems arise when the coronary artery becomes completely blocked because your heart comes under too much pressure the next thing is you feel chest and arm pain, if you are lucky it may not kill you, however a large number of people die each year from heart attacks and strokes.
By simply having a comprehensive range of cardiovascular disease blood tests done will put you in a much stronger position to take action in consultation with your physician to reduce the chances of something bad happening by making changes to your lifestyle, your diet, medications and exercise.
What does the cardiovascular disease blood tests look at?
The blood test is carried out by True Health Labs, it takes fourteen days to get the test results and you have to fast for twelve hours beforehand, to find out more on the comprehensive cardiovascular disease risk test and where you can have it done and how much it costs just go to the True Health Labs website here.
By doing a simple assessment of lipoprotein levels in the blood can indicate that high levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) have attached to calcium and other harmful proteins and could be sticking to the walls of your arteries increasing your risk of a heart attack. The range if cardiovascular disease blood tests will offer many clues as to the health of your heart, in some cases there may be inflammation in the arteries so a C-reactive test is done to detect inflammation.
C-reactive blood test
Inflammation in the arteries causes a protein c-reactive yo be produced in your liver, it is how your body responds to infection or injury, inflammation can be caused by high cholesterol (LDL) high levels of c-reactive protein can be a sign of coronary artery disease, however it’s not the only test that needs to be done to give a definitive analysis.
Fibrinogen is another protein that your liver produces, its function is to stop a bleed by forming a blood clot, a blood test can be done to tell how much fibrinogen you have in the blood, the test is done to evaluate any bleeding disorder or the presence of a blood clot, blood clots are dangerous when they travel to your heart or brain.
A homocysteine test is done as part of the comprehensive cardiovascular disease blood tests to determine whether you are deficient in vitamins B6, B9 or B12, such a deficiency could mean you have heart disease or you may have a rare inherited disease called homocystinutia.
This is a cholesterol test that measures apoliprotein b a type of cholesterol or protein in your blood that is found on LDL or bad cholesterol, high levels of apoliprotein b on your blood can be damaging to your arteries and your heart.
Apoliprotein A-1 or Apo A1 is another protein that plays a specific role in metabolizing lipids, it is the main protein in good cholesterol (HDL) Apo A-1 levels are directly related to HDL levels as the good cholesterol removes excess levels of bad cholesterol and brings it to the liver for disposal or recycling. A deficiency in apoliprotein A-1 is associated with an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Apo A1 is a protein that has a specific role in the metabolism of lipids and is the main protein component in HDL, the “good cholesterol”. HDL removes excess cholesterol from cells and takes it to the liver for recycling or disposal. Levels of apo A1 tend to rise and fall with HDL levels, and deficiencies in apo A1 correlate with an increased risk of developing CVD.
Apo B/Apo A-1
This test is done to measure how much of a certain type of cholesterol is in your blood ( Apo B) because it is the primary protein in LDL or low density lipoprotein, high levels of Apo B could indicate that your blood vessels and heart are affected thus increasing your risk of a heart attack.
The cardiovascular index blood test (C1) is used to determine how well your heart is working in its main function of pumping oxygen rich blood around the cardiovascular system, the cardiovascular index test works out how much volume of blood your heart should be pumping in relation to the surface area of your body.
This blood test is also known as A1c, haemoglobin A1c or glycosylated haemoglobin blood test is done to test how well your body is controlling diabetes, the blood test is an important part of the range of cardiovascular disease blood tests as it provides the average glucose numbers from the past three months.
True Health Labs provide you with the full range of comprehensive cardiovascular disease blood tests that will give your doctor every conceivable measurement as to your risk of a heart attack or stroke, by having such detailed information to hand makes the job of how you will live your life going forward in terms of diet, medications, exercise a lot easier to figure out.
The comprehensive cardiovascular risk blood test can be done in a convenient location near where you live at a time that suits you, fasting is required (12 hours) results will be emailed and explained to you within 14 days, all you have to do to find out more is to go to the True Health Labs website here.
PS : This type of cardiovascular blood test is available in the USA, Canada, and throughout Europe, for more information on where you can get the test done go here.