A Healthy Heart
Most of us think of our heart health from time to time and many wonder what, if anything, they can do to reduce the risk of Cardiovascular Disease. Knowing your possible risk factors for heart disease is an important step to heart health. Here are a few things to consider and tests your doctor may use to understand your heart health better.
Life Style and Risk Factors
Diet, physical activity, smoking, body mass index, blood pressure, total cholesterol and blood glucose are import things to consider. If you don’t currently have risk factors but have a family history of heart disease your doctor may evaluate your heart health more frequently.
What Test Might My Doctor Order?
High blood pressure increases your risk of heart disease. Since high blood pressure can’t be detected it is very important to have it checked regularly.
Fasting Lipoprotein Profile is a blood test that measures the total cholesterol levels in your blood. Unhealthy levels can lead to heart disease but like blood pressure can be managed with lifestyle and diet or medication if needed.
High blood glucose levels put you at greater risk of developing insulin resistance, prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Untreated diabetes can lead to many serious medical problems including heart disease and stroke. Your doctor may recommend a blood glucose test if you have at least one heart risk factor and are overweight.
All these things considered can give you and your provider a better look at your risk for heart disease and detect it early.