It’s no secret that one of the leading causes of death among american men is heart disease. What may be surprising is that heart disease is the number one killer among women as well.1
Screening for heart disease can be useful. It gives both men and women information about their heart disease risks. It may also allow lurking health dangers to be exposed before they cause major disability or death.
Unfortunately many cardiovascular screening test may be insufficient. For example, a 2009 study from UCLA has shown that nearly 75 percent of patients hospitalized for a heart attack had cholesterol levels that would indicate they were not at high risk fora cardiovascular event, based on current national cholesterol guidelines. 2 While guidelines have changes some over the years since then there are still questions as to whether the standard lipid panel (Total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, Triglycerides) is a useful test to screen for heart disease risk.
So what should you do?
Here are the 5 useful and inexpensive tests to better assess your cardiovascular risk.
- Highly sensitive (hs)CRP
- Coronary calcium score
- Advanced Lipid Panel
- 2 hour glucose tolerance test
- 24 hour blood pressure monitor.
These test along with a physical exam where waist circumference, BMI and other measure of cardiac health are evaluated along with a history where lifestyle, nutrition and family history are considered will add a great deal to assessing risk for heart disease and stroke. We hope this will help keep you around for a long time – we’d really like that.
– Dr Hutton
Dr Hutton is the founder of Mulberry Clinics. A clinic dedicated to bringing compassionate, advanced and accessible primary care to as many friends as possible. Check out the website at: Mulberryclinics.com or call 615-614-2500 for information about becoming a patient.