Knowing the Body’s Inflammation Levels can Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke
Does your family have a history of heart attack or stroke?
Though genetics can play a huge role in the risk for high blood pressure, high blood sugar and high cholesterol, maintaining these conditions can decrease your risk of heart attack and stroke. However, interestingly enough, half of heart attack and stroke sufferers show no signs of high cholesterol. Advanced testing can measure inflammation levels in the body which can help determine unidentified risk factors for vascular disease. Knowing your body’s levels of inflammation can help you and your doctor determine the most appropriate treatment plan.
Labs such as Cleveland Heart Lab offer an Inflammation Analysis that use a blood and urine sample collected from the patient. The panel “covers a patient’s biomarker profile which may result from lifestyle concerns (F2-IsoPs, OxLDL) to the development of metabolic or cardiovascular disease (ADMA/SDMA, Microalbumin, hsCRP) and formation of vulnerable plaque and increased risk for an adverse event (Lp-PLA2 Activity, MPO).”
The body’s response to increased cholesterol and injury to the artery wall is due to oxidation is inflammation. Measuring and understanding the results of these known markers of inflammation can help decrease your likelihood of becoming a victim of heart attack or stroke by arming you and your doctor with the most accurate information of what is going on in your body. Learn more here.
The next step:
You should always talk with your doctor about any concerns or questions you may have regarding your health. However, to begin making changes today, try these quick lifestyle tips to decrease inflammation:
- Limit foods heavily processed as well as high in sodium and sugar.
- Maintain an active lifestyle.
- Manage stress regularly.
- Avoid smoking.
- Eat a whole foods diet full of anti-inflammatory foods.
- Get enough sleep at night.
- Stay hydrated.
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– CASEY EDMONDS, CHC
Health Advisor | Email Casey