Labs today can test for many markers in the blood, which reveal underlying activity, suggesting metabolic changes before any symptoms or damage can be seen.
We’ve recently evaluated and adopted a comprehensive cardiovascular test which evaluates bio-markers from many systems, providing the kind of information which can be acted on in a timely manner to help and avoid the consequences of cardiovascular disease.
The goal of preventative medicine involves identifying potential threats and removing them before we proceed to repair damage. Since it’s hard to build your house in the midst of a storm, we have to identify the areas of concern that are setting the stage for heart disease. This test is excellent in identifying and evaluating threats before serious damage can manifest.
When there’s been damage to the heart, certain enzymes are released into the blood, revealing that tissue has been destroyed. These tests are in use to reveal damage that’s occurred. By now it’s too late, damage has already been done. I want to see these threats before damage can occur. Can we help those who have already been injured? Yes, but it’s much better to prevent damage than trying to fix the aftermath of heart attack or stroke.
Testing includes cardiac dysfunction markers like High Definition Cardiac Troponin’ and N-Terminal pro-B Natriuretic Peptide. Both of these markers identify cardiac stress that could lead to a serious problem. Elevated Troponin shows an eight and a half time increased risk of cardiovascular death in an apparently healthy population, An elevated pro-BNP carries a six time risk elevation. Notice I said in an apparently healthy population.
Another area tested includes Vascular inflammation and dysfunction markers. This includes; High Definition Endothelin (ET), High Definition Interleukin-6 (IL-6), High Definition Interleukin-17A (IL-17A), High Definition Tumor Necrosis Factor-Alfa (TNF-a), Lipoprotein-associated Phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2), High sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (hs-CRP), and elevated Homocysteine.
I know that this all seems like mumbo jumbo to many of you, but each of these tests give specific information about where and what kind of inflammation may be occurring, so measures can be taken to stop the inflammation and ward off potential trouble. Just the ET alone is a predictor of a ten year mortality rate in apparently healthy individuals.
Another area of testing is in lipids, and not just cholesterol. Did you know that the HDL, or good cholesterol can be dangerous if it’s particular size is too small? Many issues can alter your good cholesterol. Genetics, high triglycerides, high carbohydrate diets, visceral obesity, insulin resistance, type two diabetes, smoking, liver and thyroid disease, and a host of other ailment can raise this.
With all those factors entering in, Cardiometabolic markers are also tested. You see, your entire metabolism impacts tissue health, so it’s important to find out where any trouble might be coming from. These metabolic markers include; Parathyroid hormone, Vitamin D, Leptins, Ferritin, Adiponectin, Cortisol, Testosterone, $ex Hormone Binding Globulin, Cystatin C, Hemoglobin A1C, Fasting Glucose, Fasting Insulin, Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, T3 Total, Free T3, T4 Total, Free T4, Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody, Thyroglobulin Antibody, Free PSA, and Total PSA.
This diagnostic profile is one of the most complete I’ve seen when it comes to accessing potential cardiovascular damage and profiling what needs to be addressed to keep you in dynamic health when the rest of the world is falling apart.
Obviously, the cleaner your lifestyle, the less this kind of evaluation is required. On the other hand, If you deal with high blood pressure, blood sugar imbalances, unusual food cravings, shortness of breath, swelling ankles, or just plain feeling that something is not right, this kind of diagnostic work-up could save your life. Many insurance companies will cover this kind of testing.