Tests That Can Save Your Life
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Screening Tests That Can Save Your Life

According to a WebMD article, the following tests will tell you whether you are at risk for heart disease.

  • Annual blood test for:

    • Total Cholesterol Levels
    • High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) or "good" cholesterol
    • Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) or "bad" cholesterol
    • Blood Fats known as Triglycerides
  • and if over 50:

    • C-Reactive Protein (CRP) an indicator of inflammation.
    • Homocysteine an amino acid that builds up in your blood stream, increasing your chances of having a heart attack.
    • Lipoprotein (a), or LP(a) a cholesterol-related risk factor that may increase blood clots.
  • If you have extra heartbeats, chest pain, or shortness of breath, you should have a stress echocardiogram to see if you have a significantly reduced flow of blood to your heart.

  • Blood Pressure tested, a major risk factor for heart disease.

  • If you are overweight or have a family history of diabetes, a blood sugar level and other tests for diabetes should be done because that is another risk factor for heart disease.

To read the entire article: http://www.webmd.com/content/Article/122/114575.htm?pagenumber=2

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