Cardiovascular disease is a group of medical conditions related to the heart or blood vessels. Hypertension (high blood pressure) and atherosclerosis (build-up of fatty deposits in blood vessels) are two familiar types of cardiovascular disease.
One of the common ways healthcare providers screen for cardiovascular disease is with a blood test called a lipid panel. However, traditional lipid testing does not tell the whole story. At least half the people who’ve had a heart attack had “normal” LDL cholesterol levels. Clinical trials have shown that lowering LDL cholesterol reduces the risk for a cardiovascular event by only 25% on average, meaning that standard drug therapy fails to address 75% of a patient’s remaining or residual risk for cardiovascular events.
We use advanced cardiovascular testing through Boston Heart Laboratory. Boston Heart’s approach to heart disease risk stratification and treatment optimization is different than any other lab. They’ve developed a unique set of specialized blood tests broken into four categories—lipids, inflammation, metabolics, and genetics. Within these four categories they have five tests exclusively designed tests:
- Boston Heart HDL Map
- Boston Heart Cholesterol Balance
- Boston Heart Prediabetes Assessment
- Boston Heart Fatty Acid Balance
- Boston Heart Statin Induced Myopathy Genotype
These special tests help you better understand your heart health, best medication options, and overall disease risk factors. With these diagnostic insights, we can create an individualized targeted therapy and lifestyle plan that will best help you achieve your heart health goals. Make an appointment today to discover health for tomorrow!