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Heart Disease & Stroke

Blood & Pulse Pressure

A pressure cuff on the arm measures the health of arteries, pulse rate and blood pressure. An abnormal pulse pressure can indicate hardening of the arteries from heart disease. America’s number one killer.
Note: Sitting, with bare upper arms.

Body Fat Composition

Stepping on scale-like instrument provides weight, body mass index, and percentage of body fat to assist in health and weight management. Important for determining risk factors for other diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

Basic Nutritional Panel

Blood Study: Nutritional deficiencies are common and can develop gradually, often with no symptoms until they are far advanced. This test measures the levels of vitamin B12, folic acid, and iron. Deficiencies can cause numerous problems such as fatigue, mental impairment, and neurological disorders.

Coronary Heart Disease Risk Appraisal

Based on the well known Framingham Heart Study, this evaluation calculates the risk of having a future coronary incident. Measuring known hereditary predisposition’s, present risk factors, and results from a selected lipid test, a forecast of future risk is determined.
Note: Appraisals can be personalized to reflect coronary risk five to fifteen years in the future. Risk Range: 0-100%

Cholesterol Screen

To understand high blood cholesterol (ko-LES-ter-ol), it is important to know more about cholesterol.

  • Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that is found in all cells of the body. Your body needs some cholesterol to work the right way. Your body makes all the cholesterol it needs.
  • Cholesterol is also found in some of the foods you eat.
  • Your body uses cholesterol to make hormones, vitamin D, and substances that help you digest foods.

Blood is watery, and cholesterol is fatty. Just like oil and water, the two do not mix. To travel in the bloodstream, cholesterol is carried in small packages called lipoproteins (lip-o-PRO-teens). The small packages are made of fat (lipid) on the inside and proteins on the outside. Two kinds of lipoproteins carry cholesterol throughout your body. It is important to have healthy levels of both:

  • Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is sometimes called bad cholesterol.
    • High LDL cholesterol leads to a buildup of cholesterol in arteries. The higher the LDL level in your blood, the greater chance you have of getting heart disease.
  • High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is sometimes called good cholesterol.
    • HDL carries cholesterol from other parts of your body back to your liver. The liver removes the cholesterol from your body. The higher your HDL cholesterol level, the lower your chance of getting heart disease.

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Complete Lipid Screen

Blood Study: This test provides a comprehensive evaluation of your serum lipid levels. This includes the total cholesterol, the good cholesterol (HDL), the bad cholesterol (LDL), triglycerides, and a risk ratio. The complete lipid panel is a useful means of determining cardiovascular risk.
Note: A fasting finger stick of whole blood is required

C-Reactive Protein (CRP)

Blood Study: This substance is elevated in various medical conditions that cause inflammation such as infection or trauma. It has been associated with the presence of “insulin-resistance” as well as an increased risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke. CRP is important to assess your risk for heart disease and is one of the strongest predictors of cardiovascular disease in women.

Fibrinogen

Blood Study: Fibrinogen, a protein produced by the liver, is important to the coagulation (blood clotting) system. Studies have associated high fibrinogen levels with an increased risk of coronary heart disease. Elevated fibrinogen levels are seen in acute inflammation, trauma, smoking and pregnancy.

Homocysteine

Blood Study: Homocysteine is a building block for the production of proteins in the body. However, elevated serum levels are associated with premature vascular disease and death. Studies have shown that even relatively low homocysteine levels can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, peripheral vascular, disease, and clotting disorders.

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