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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Heart Tests You Need, Or Could Have

There are many cost effective and relatively simple heart tests that you can have, which can then be used to improve your heart health. Improving 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 at your gyno's office.
1. 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, ans 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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