Why are so many seemingly healthy people having major heart attacks with no other risk factors?
It’s because our traditional system is screening patients based on outdated/limited markers such as just lipids. There are so many other markers that have been proven to be much more valuable in predicting overall heart health. Below are functional cardiac tests that will give you a comprehensive picture of your cardiac health.
PULS Test: The PULS test is a simple blood test that measures 9 specific bio markers to identify individuals with active but undetected coronary heart disease who are at risk for a heart attack due to unstable protein lesion rupture. We talk about plaque in the arterial wall being the dangerous factor in heart attacks. By the time plaque has formed, the lipids have hardened and aren’t going anywhere. Damage to the artery happens from oxidative stress so think every time you have a couple of drinks, are around cigarette smoke, are overly stressed, it’s like a fireball is hitting the artery causing small damage. This inflammation can lead to proteins building up and if the protein mass breaks off, it gets lodged in the heart and this is what leads to the widow maker heart attacks. So when you see someone how was seemingly health drop dead of a heart attack, it was likely because of an unknown protein leison that broke off.
If you are over the age of 40 years, and have never had a heart attack but want to know your actual heart health, this test will identify your heart age which often can be much higher than your actual age. If your PULS score is elevated, there are many lifestyle interventions you can do to improve your cardiac health. Afterwards you can re-test and see where you heart age is. This test is one of the best tests you can get to prevent a widow maker heart attack.
The PULS test will cost approximately $500-$600 (Can) plus an assessment fee
2.Cardio Ion: this test is probable the most comprehensive heart health test on the market currently.
As per Genova’s website, ‘The Cardio ION is a combination of nutritional tests that gives a nutritional assessment and identifies risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Specifically, this nutritional test measures levels of fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, organic acids, and risk factors for CVD.
The Cardio ION nutritional test identifies modifiable risk factors for CVD, including:
Fatty acid imbalances which can lead to chronic inflammation. Current research finds levels of specific fatty acids to be strongly correlated to CVD.
High fibrinogen is associated with increased risk of clots and CVD
Homocysteine is an important risk factor for not only CVD, but stroke and dementia as well
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is essential for proper mitochondrial function and energy use. It also acts as an antioxidant. Cardiac cells have high mitochondrial demand. Statins can decrease CoQ10 levels.
Fasting insulin is an indicator of insulin resistance. Hyperinsulinaemia has been associated with a cluster of CVD risk factors.
Insufficient antioxidant status is associated with increased oxidation. Oxidative damage is believed to play a role in heart and vascular disease by promoting inflammation.
The Cardio ION nutritional test can guide treatment of many conditions and symptoms, including:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Learning and Behavior Disorders
Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
Why Order the Cardio ION nutritional test?
An evaluation of standard lipid markers does not provide optimal assessment of risk. The Cardio ION nutritional test goes beyond conventional serum lipid markers! This nutritional test identifies critical CVD risk factors, including:
EPA and DHA levels
Vitamin E (alpha tocopherol and gamma tocopherol)*
Due to the many markers measured, this test is one of the most expensive on the market starting at $1,000 (US).