heart health by Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC

Pumpkin is excellent for the heart; it contains high-quality fiber as well as potassium and vitamin C which all support heart health. Studies suggest that consuming enough potassium may be almost as important as decreasing sodium intake for the treatment of hypertension, or high blood pressure.

Are you concerned about your risk of a heart attack or other cardiac event? We can provide a number of tests to look at key indicators including c-reactive protein, fibrinogen, and homocysteine.

A high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) test may be used to help evaluate your risk of cardiovascular disease. CRP is a protein that increases in the blood with inflammation. Relatively high levels of hs-CRP in otherwise healthy individuals have been found to be predictive of an increased risk of a future heart attack, stroke, sudden cardiac death, and/or peripheral arterial disease, even when cholesterol levels are within an acceptable range.*

Fibrinogen is a protein made by your liver. Many health practitioners feel that fibrinogen activity measurements provide additional information that can help indicate cardiovascular risks.

Homocysteine is an amino acid and breakdown product of protein metabolism. High blood levels of homocysteine are associated with an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, and peripheral arterial disease. Some studies suggest that individuals with the highest homocysteine levels have a threefold greater risk of a heart attack than those with lower levels.

There are several heart-healthy foods, including pumpkin, nuts, beans, berries, green tea and more.

Consider comprehensive cardio-metabolic testing including cardio inflammatory markers like c-reactive protein, homocysteine, and fibrinogen. It may help prevent a heart crisis.

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** http://www.healthcommunities.com/heart-attack/c-reactive-protein-homocysteine_jhmwp.shtml