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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Heart Tests You Need, Or Could Have

The pieces of advice you will likely have in your in box today alone over the week will be staggering. So it's really up to you and your PCP provider to hunker down and plan an  effective plan to evaluate and improve. There are many cost effective and relatively simple heart tests that you can have, which can then be used to improve your heart health. Just having completed a few circuits at the gym gives you a hint that some things are functioning well. Being unduly fatigued or short of breath or seeing that your ankles are swelling in the morning, those could be your body signaling that you are not quite as healthy.

 Improving heart health will make you look better, have better sleep, have better sex, and make you perform better and more efficiently; AND better heart health reduces your risks of strokes, and heart attacks, and high blood pressure. Thus improving your heart health helps to save your kidneys, your eye sight and your brain function as well! Some you will need to get to your gyno or your PCP office
to get started.

Here are some of the tests you may want o start with.
1. Poor circulation means worse kidney function, and if the kidneys aren't functioning they will push protein through to your urine in greater amounts. The first test of heart's ability to pump is to test your pee for protein...this test is relatively sensitive, but we know that you can get a false positive result if not done thoughtfully. If you exercise like a maniac for a day or two, this always throws it off, heavy exercise can make you spill protein in your urine without anything else being wrong.

2. Test your B vitamin levels: homocysteine, folic acid, and B12 are all critically important for overall heart health and those with genetic mutations, such as the MTHFR gene variants, can be at greater risk if their B vitamins are also off.
3. Test your blood for inflammation: Cardio C-Reactive Protein, fibrinogen, and other markers of inflammation all contribute to how likely you are to have heart disease
4. Check your lipid particle status, not just a whole cholesterol panel, check the triglycerides and the apolipoproteins, the size of your particles, the exact nature of your good and bad cholesterol
5. Take your pulse, resting heart rate shows, generally speaking, how well your heart is functioning. So be sure to know what is your pulse actual pulse rate. You can also check your pulse at various times of the day. After exercise? In the morning?
 6. Blood pressure measurement; another test that is best done at home at various times of the day
7. EKG testing you would need to do in your health care provider's office, especially if you feel you skip beats, have extra beats, have a racing heart beat.
Whatever you do, new symptoms should be reported to your gyno. Be proactive! Heart health is more than a good waistline, but face it, that helps too!

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