by Alane Palmer and Michelle Weekley
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 blood-work including cardio inflammatory markers like c-reactive protein, homocysteine, and fibrinogen. It may help prevent a heart crisis.
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.
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