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Cardiac Risk Panel
The Cardiac Risk Panel includes tests to evaluate your heart health and provide early warning signs of cardiovascular disease.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. 80% of heart disease is also preventable! If you know your risks, you can manage them and live a longer, healthier life. The Cardiac Risk Panel provides information on the current state of your heart health. While some risk factors are hereditary, many are due to lifestyle and can be reduced or eliminated. Smoking, obesity, a diet loaded with fat, salt and sugar and lack of exercise put you at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease, but how much risk?
The Cardiac Risk Panel includes information that is not included in a standard lipid panel. The Complete Blood Count (CBC) with Differential and the Comprehensive Metabolic Panel evaluate multiple enzymes, proteins and electrolytes that are critical for your body’s proper metabolism and functioning. High glucose levels measured in the Comprehensive Metabolic Panel could signal pre-diabetes or diabetes which is a risk factor for heart disease and the CBC can help to identify inflammation and blood disorders.
C-Reactive Protein (CRP) is a protein that is produced by the liver and found in the blood. The test screens for inflammation that may indicate a higher risk of a cardiac event such as stroke or heart attack even if your cholesterol levels are normal. CRP levels predict cardiovascular risk at least as well as cholesterol levels and high levels are associated with three times the risk of heart disease.
Homocysteine is an amino acid (protein building block) that is acquired when you consume meat. High levels of this amino acid are linked with atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and blood clots. Research has shown that high homocysteine levels may cause early development of heart and blood vessel disease and is considered an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
In addition to the LDL or “bad” cholesterol, HDL or “good” cholesterol and triglycerides there is a genetic variation of LDL called Lipoprotein (a) that may cause the premature development of fatty deposits in the arteries. High levels of Lipoprotein (a) are a significant risk factor of cardiovascular disease.
WHY DO I NEED IT?
Find out how healthy your heart is and what you may need to change to prevent cardiovascular disease. According to the CDC, over 200,000 lives could be saved each year if those at risk for cardiovascular disease made lifestyle changes to prevent heart attack and stroke. The getLABtested.com Cardiac Risk Panel provides you with the information you need to get heart healthy today!
The Cardiac Risk Panel consists of the following tests:
- Complete Blood Count with Differential
- Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (14 essential tests)
- C-Reactive Protein, High Sensitivity, Cardiac
Fasting is required for the Cardiac Risk Panel. Do not eat or drink anything (except water) for at least 8 hours before the test.