Screening for Cardiovascular Disease
Staying on top of your heart health is one of the most important things you can do for your body. Heart disease can develop without being noticed – it’s very easy, especially with many American’s poor diets and poor exercise routines.
Risk Factors for Heart Disease
- Genetic History
- Men have a higher risk
- Use of Stimulants
- High Cholesterol
- High Blood Pressure
- Poor Diet
- Poor Exercise Regimen
- Mismanagement of Weight
- Diabetes (Type I or Type II)
- C-reactive protein (CRP) levels
Screening Procedures for Heart Disease
Many different screening tests are available to diagnose and test for different cardiovascular diseases or conditions. The key is to understand your risk factors and know what symptoms to look out for.
Lipid Panel Screening
Lipid Panels are done to determine the different levels of fat that are in your blood. The three lipid levels we regularly scan for are:
Low Density Lipoprotein is the “bad” cholesterol. It is what can cause plaque in the arteries.
High Density Lipoprotein is the “good” cholesterol. A high HDL level is a contributing factor for preventing heart disease.
You experience increased Triglyceride levels after eating. Triglycerides are common fats. They can contribute to heart disease, along with a low HDL and high LDL.
CRP (C-Reactive Protein) Screening
CRP has been linked to
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Coronary Heart Disease
- Peripheral Arterial Disease
- Type 2 Diabetes
CRP is produced by the body to address injury/infection. A high CRP level indicates a higher risk of experiencing heart problems.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening is a very simple procedure. You will lie on your back while an ultrasound is used to scan your abdomen, and any irregularities in the Abdominal Aorta are noted.
Once you’re 45, you should have your glucose levels checked. This can help identify diabetes or insulin resistance. If any cardiovascular disease risk factors apply to you, get this checked every 2 years.
High blood pressure often shows no immediate symptoms, but is incredibly easy to check. Make sure to have your blood pressure monitored, at the very least, every 2 years, or more frequently if any of the risk factors apply to you.