ADVANCED CARDIAC TESTING/SCREENING
We all know that over time cholesterol builds up in the arteries of your heart in the same way that rust and debris build up in the pipes under your sink. That’s why we’re told to avoid saturated fats, eat more greens and nuts, and drink a glass of wine every once in a while.
Turns out lowering the quantity of cholesterol is not enough to ensure heart health! Almost 75% of heart attack patients were within the recommended range for LDL cholesterol at the time of the attack. This startling fact is why VRC offers advanced cardiac screening through a simple blood test. More studies are finding that it’s not only the quantity of LDL (aka “bad” cholesterol) that strains the cardiac muscles but also the quality of LDL. The type of LDL in your blood may influence your risk of having heart disease in the future. Small, dense LDL is an emerging risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It is smaller and heavier than typical LDL cholesterol and can increase your risk of developing atherosclerosis.
VRC utilizes the most advanced technology available to determine your risk of cardiovascular disease. The SphygmoCor measures both standard blood pressure in the arm AND central blood pressure, the blood pressure at the heart.
Central blood pressure directly affects the heart, brain, and kidneys. People with normal blood pressure in the arm can have high central blood pressure often due to stiffening (hardening) of the arteries. A higher central blood pressure means a higher risk of heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. Knowing your central blood pressure is critical to identifying your risk of heart attack and stroke and managing hypertension treatment. We will order an advanced biochemical profile to assess cardiac disease risk and determine the quality of all of your lipoproteins (HDL, LDL)