LABORATORY BLOOD TESTS
Blood tests measure different components in your bloodstream to show your healthcare provider how healthy your blood and heart are.
hs C-Reactive Protein Test can help predict cardiovascular risk over and above that of major risk factors. An hs-CRP of more than .20mg/dL predicts high risk for stroke and heart attack. C-reative protein is a substance in the blood that occurs when inflammation occurs. Physicians have found that atherosclerosis (fatty buildup in artery walls) also produces an inflammatory process, so it registers on this test.
Lipid Profile measures your LDL (bad) and HDL (good) cholesterol and triglycerides.
Blood sugar (glucose) detects the presence of diabetes and glucose intolerance (pre-diabetic).
Both are significant heart and vascular disease risks.
Complete blood count, thyroid studies, arterial blood gases, and other tests help diagnose other conditions that may be the cause of your symptoms.