Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease
In assessing your risk for cardiovascular disease, the following are the most important markers to consider. Discuss having a blood test with your GP that includes all of these, particularly homocysteine, which is not always part of a regular blood screen.
You are at a higher risk of heart disease if you have any 3 of the following 5:
o Increased waist circumference (> 35” women, > 40” men).
o Increased blood pressure (> 130/85).
o Increased fasting blood sugar (> 100 mg/dl USA, > 5.55 mmol/L UK).
o Increased triglycerides (> 150 USA, > 1.69 mg/dl UK).
o Decreased HDL cholesterol (< 50 women, < 40 men USA, < 1mmol/L UK).
o Increased homocysteine levels. Just a slightly raised level can increase your risk of a heart attack. In fact published literature indicates that homocysteine is an independent cardiovascular risk factor modifiable by nutrition (i.e. right amount of vitamin Bs) and exercise.1
o Increased CRP. C Reactive Protein is a marker of inflammation in the body and more and more experts who study blood vessels, plaque, and heart attacks in minute detail have been developing an inflammatory explanation for heart attacks.
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In assessing your risk for cardiovascular disease, the following are the most important things to consider. Discuss having a blood test with your GP that includes all of these, particularly homocysteine, which is not always part of a regular blood screen.
In today's Nutritional Therapy blog, we will look at cholesterol and fat in our diets. Many of us believe that eating foods with cholesterol and fat, especially saturated fat, causes heart attacks; but is this really true?
Take heart - nine out of ten strokes can be prevented.
Did you know, in the United States, someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds and every minute someone dies from a heart-related incident?
Did you know that around 50% of people who have a heart attack, have normal lipid (cholesterol) levels?
And did you know that heart disease is, in most cases, preventable?