Heart Disease/Stroke Tests

Unsure if you need a Heart Disease Test?

With heart tests, you can look at what risk factors you may have and offset those risks very specifically to prevent problems developing or progressing in future. You can also test to see if you already have active heart disease as plaques formed during atherosclerosis release specific markers which can now be measured. It is so much more sophisticated nowadays than just looking at your cholesterol and blood pressure levels, if you know what to look for!

My advice if you fall into an ‘at risk’ category (familial history, high cholesterol, blood pressure or diabetes, fatty liver, poor diet/lifestyle, smoke or are obese especially with lots of belly fat) is to look. What’s the saying: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure…and all that?

I truly wish, given the heart disease statistics in this country – far more than cancer – that more people would do this. It’s not just about bloomin’ cholesterol!

Testing Summary

Do the CardioMetabolic Serum (RG) which is majorly more advanced than your standard testing. Then, think about one of the main causes behind cardiovascular disease too – oxidative stress – and the level of antioxidants needed to stop it. Measure those as detailed below.

IMPORTANT: If using Genova or Invivo, please send me an email or forward me the confirmation so I know where to send results when they come in. If you don’t email me, I can’t send them! For Biolab, you can’t order direct, so use a lab test request form here. I will confirm price and invoice you. All results will be released after payment is received.

Cardiovascular Tests

There are a few really good tests around – and, trust me, these are pretty sophisticated things that can knock the spots off your normal testing in this area. You think you’ve had a cholesterol test – just look at these and think again!

The CardioMetabolic Serum (RG) is my favourite base test in this area because it gives a really comprehensive look at both cardiovascular and blood sugar/diabetes markers.

SO important. Once you have some info to work with, you can get started on reducing those risks and reversing the issue!

Oxidative Stress

If inflammation is going on in your arteries, the thing that can trigger the plaques that cause strokes and heart disease is oxidative damage or free radical damage. Combine inflammation and oxidative stress and you have a problem waiting to happen.

Oxidative stress has been linked to several chronic conditions, not just cardiovascular disease, so it’s worth checking out, especially if you are at risk of/have a family history of these:

Rheumatoid arthritis • Arthritis • Asthma • Diabetes mellitus • Cancer • Atherosclerosis • Macular degeneration • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome • Inflammatory Bowel Disease • Environmental sensitivity • Neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Free radical damage, or oxidative stress, is controlled largely by the levels of important antioxidants in your body – think blueberries, coloured veg etc!

Thankfully, we can test levels of both oxidative stress and antioxidants.

Oxidative stress tests vary – you can do them in blood or urine and they are quite different. To get a full picture, you need to do both.

A blood sample measures anti-oxidant reserve and enzyme function. The Oxidative Stress blood test (RG) includes: Perox (Oxidative potential), Homocysteine, MDA (Malondialdehyde) and GSH (Glutathione).

For actual DNA damage, the best marker – in urine – is 8-hydroxy-deoxyGuanosine (8-OHdG). Use DNA Oxidative Damage (RG) for this.

Note that some of these markers are also included in the Organic Acid tests so check those out too.

I would also measure one of the really key antioxidants – CoQ10 – using the Coenzyme Q10 Blood Test (MC). Then correct any deficiency found – this is crucial, especially if someone is on statins as they deplete CoQ10 levels, or is experiencing fatigue after a cardiac event.

Homocysteine Test

Homocysteine can tell you a lot just on its own about your risk of heart disease and stroke. You can measure it on its own via the Genova Homocysteine Test (use my code A42RS). If low, this is also an indicator that you could need more B6, folic acid and B12. (Note: ask Genova to send you a special vial that means the sample doesn’t have to be centrifuged).

Testing Summary

Do the CardioMetabolic Serum (RG) which is majorly more advanced than your standard testing. Then, think about one of the main causes behind cardiovascular disease too – oxidative stress – and the level of antioxidants needed to stop it. Measure those as detailed above.

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