Blood Pressure Screening

Over time cholesterol builds up in the arteries of your heart in the same way that rust and debris accumulates in the pipes under your sink. That’s why we’re told to avoid saturated fats, eat more greens, and drink a glass of wine every once in a while.

It 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 (low-density lipoproteins) cholesterol at the time of the attack. (Science Daily) This is why VRC offers advanced cardiac screening through a simple blood test. New research at Ohio University shows that a particular subclass of low-density lipoproteins (LDL), also known as “bad cholesterol,” is a much better predictor of potential heart attacks than the mere presence of LDL, which is incorrect more often than not. (Science Daily). The type of LDL in your blood may influence your risk of having heart disease in the future.

Central blood pressure directly affects the heart, brain, and kidneys. People with normal blood pressure in the arm can have high central blood pressure due to the hardening of the arteries. Higher central blood pressure means an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease. The SphygmoCor measures standard blood pressure in the arm, central blood pressure, and blood pressure at the heart. The procedure takes about 3-4 minutes.

VRC utilizes the most advanced technology available to determine your risk of cardiovascular 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).

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