5 Best Ways to Screen for Heart Disease
The HealthCentral Editorial Team | March 26, 2012
Here are five tips to properly monitor and prevent heart disease.
Lipoprotein testing makes the causes of heart disease clear, whereas standard cholesterol (lipid) testing does not always. Standard cholesterol panels often fail to identify the full extent of coronary plaque causes, but lipoprotein testing quantifies all sources of cardiovascular risk including LDL, Lp(a) and IDL. Several methods exist for this type of testing.
Correct the causes of heart disease
Once you have identified what cardiovascular risks you have, you must work to correct them. Aim for LDL-HDL-triglyceride scores of 60-60-60 and correct hidden causes like Lp(a) as well. It is not as hard as it sounds with the proper diet and exercise.
Maintain proper vitamin D levels
Make sure your Vitamin D levels are good. This raises HDL cholesterol, exerts strong anti-inflammatory effects and may provide direct plaque benefits as well. Vitamin D is among the best agents to correct the varied causes of heart disease.
Take fish oil
Add fish oil at a therapetuic dosage to benefit from its omega-3 fatty acid content. According to one study, this strategy alone can reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death by almost 50%.
Modify your diet
Adapt your diet to address the specific lipoprotein causes of heart disease that you have. For example, if you have poor LDL levels (the most common cause of coronary plaque in the U.S.) then consider a low-carbohydrate approach. A wheat- and cornstarch-free diet induces weight loss, increases HDL, reduces triglycerides, reduces blood pressure, reduces small LDL and reduces inflammatory responses.