This post is for everyone everywhere, because this is something that affects us all. But now there is something we can do about it.
Heart disease continues to lead the way in death and disability in men and women with often NO signs or symptoms to hint that something may be coming down the pike.
In the past, we haven’t had a great way to predict cardiac events. The research is showing more and more that cholesterol is not the answer – 50% of people with normal cholesterol levels will still have a heart attack and 70% of heart attack victims have been found to have normal cholesterol levels.
Current research is now showing that the most predictable cause of a cardiac event begins with an unstable cardiac lesion from damage to artery walls (due most often to oxidative stress).
And here is the exciting news:
We are now able to offer a new test that can detect artery injury in otherwise asymptomatic individuals. The Cardiac PULS Test looks at 9 different biomarkers that are present at the site of injury on artery walls and can predict the likelihood of a cardiac event occurring within the next 5 years.
Anyone can take this test but it is especially recommended for anyone over 40 years old OR who has at least one of the following risk factors: smoking, diabetes, family history, elevated blood pressure, stress, high LDL/low HDL, obesity, physical inactivity, or elevated inflammatory markers.
Given the prevalence of heart disease in North America, I believe that this test is an excellent tool to assess our blood vessel health and to be able to provide individualized preventative care. I would love to see the stats on heart health improve in Canada and here's one way we can start screening for this silent disease!
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