Cardiovascular Disease is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Research shows that more years of potential life before the age of 75 are lost due to this disease than any other human condition. Fortunately, over the past thirty years significant progress has been made in the areas of diagnosis, prevention and treatment of CVD. One of the most critical advances has been the identification of the major risk factors for CVD which arose from studies such as the Framingham Heart Study and the Seven Countries Study.
The conventional risk factors for CVD include high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol and triglycerides and low HDL's. It may surprise you to learn though that a significant number of cardiovascular events still occur in individuals without any of these established risk indicators. At present, the most advanced health strategy for coronary risk assessment is therefore to combine the information of several risk factors. This multi-marker approach can help identify those individuals who might benefit from more targeted risk reduction strategies.
In the testing conducted through my clinic, we not only look at the conventional risk factors, but also for the other CVD biomarkers such as lipoprotein (a), apolipoproteins A & B, homocysteine, fibrinogen and C-reactive protein (CRP) as well.
If you've been told you have high cholesterol and simply given a script for a statin then there's an opportunity for you to receive a broader scope test to accurately determine how "at risk" of cardiovascular disease you really are. Wouldn't that be worthwhile to know so you can take more targeted measures to reduce your risk of coronary (heart) disease?
For more information on how you can have your cardiovascular risk thoroughly assessed you can contact me here.
Time and time again I hear people ask "why do I feel so bad when they tell me there's nothing wrong?" My goal is to help solve your health problems, to get to the bottom of things, not just symptom control but to bring about a return to good health.