As recently as the 2000s and early 2010s, physicians largely looked at four numbers on your blood laboratory report to assist in the reduction of your risk for cardiovascular disease:
Oversimplification of this relationship in the body has led many patients into a false sense of security when they only look at their blood values. In fact, heart disease is much more complicated than lipids alone.
Here are two things we’ve learned in more recent years:
When you think of heart disease, you can think of it as the formation of pimples on the inside of your arteries. They do not need to be large in order to trigger a heart attack. And these small pimples cannot be detected on a cardiac stress test. Many patients go for a stress test and get a normal result because they have normal circulation, but they have small plaque pimples in their arteries that can rupture.
This can create a blood clot and, ultimately, trigger a heart attack.
Sound like a lot to digest? It certainly is! That’s why the Leadership Health team is here. Let us do the heavy lifting where research and knowledge is concerned and you can benefit from it. Our trained medical professionals understand the latest in health information, and they are here to share it with you.
Our focus is to help you lower the inflammation in your arteries through diet, in addition to reducing your LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, to help prevent a heart attack. Aggressive diabetes management is essential as well, since the disease causes inflammation. Contact us today to get started on better protecting your heart!