By Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC
It seems all our families have someone affected by Cardiovascular Disease in some way. Heart disease can arrive genetically; it can happen without warning or over time. Taking cardio health-supporting steps with a comprehensive heart health test will tell you what you need to do to help prevent future health struggles.
Best blood tests for heart health markers get missed too often. Good heart health is much more than looking at cholesterol levels. Our heart health test looks at lipid levels, cardio inflammation markers, particle size, and a lot more. Knowledge is gold when it comes to your heart health.
C-Reactive Protein is the most clinically studied of all the proteins that circulate in the blood. These proteins signal heightened states of inflammation, which is fuel for the fire, leading to coronary plaque resulting in a heart attack. High C-Reactive Protein levels can increase heart attack risk threefold, even when LDL is low! These proteins should not be ignored, as testing could save a life, especially with a familial history of heart disease!
Years ago, my C reactive protein was 7.5, and that was too high. I was so happy to know that, though, so I didn’t end up with an uh oh later on in life. I took the best natural supports to reduce it, and it went way down. YAY!
A second protein in our heart health test is Fibrinogen. This clotting protein helps maintain a balance of our blood flowing freely or clotting in response to injury. Fibrinogen can be modified by stress or an injury to form smaller protein called fibrin. Thousands of strands of fibrin accumulate at an injury site to form a blood clot. The problem begins when higher levels of Fibrinogen are present, and the balance becomes tipped in favor of blood clot formation which may end in a heart attack.
Homocysteine is my favorite heart health test marker. Homocysteine is another cardio protein where high levels can be associated with blood clots, heart attacks, OCD, mood swings, methylation issues, low b12 and or folate, and atherosclerosis. Plus, high homocysteine is an easy marker for the possibility of an MTHFR gene deficiency.
Know your numbers All of these proteins begin with good intentions; however, they can be your worst enemy out of control! We offer a Comprehensive Heart Health Test at Nutritionally Yours, which covers all these proteins and more. Knowledge only leads to better health!
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Medical disclaimer: Our tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.