February is Heart Month And We Care About Your Cardiac Health (January 26, 2012)
It’s February and to the American Heart Association
, which spearheads the fight against heart disease, February means Heart Month, time to do even greater battle with the leading cause of mortality for American men and women.
Experts in heart disease agree that regular testing is imperative to prevent cardiac problems or minimize those already in effect. Both cardiovascular disease and strokes account for the deaths of more than 630,000 Americans each year. Put into a different context, about every 25 seconds an American will have a coronary event and about every minute, one person will die from heart disease.
For those who survive, it is a major cause of disability.
Common risk factors include:
- Age – women 55 and older, men 45 and older are at higher risk for heart disease. No longer considered a “man’s disease,” heart attacks affect almost as many women as men and is the leading cause of death in women 65 and older.
- Family history of early onset of heart-related problems.
- Obesity and weight-related issues.
- Poor diet and lack of exercise.
- Onset of diabetes. If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, your risk for heart disease increases.
- High blood pressure and high cholesterol levels left untreated.
- A history of smoking or heavy drinking. Even secondhand smoke can be a risk.
The good news is that despite genetics, there are things you can do to counter the effects of family history and even aging. For example, you can watch your diet and become more active, manage your stress and avoid tobacco products or the overuse of alcohol. Even more important, you can monitor your blood pressure and your cholesterol levels through our online services, designed to promote preventive care even if you have no immediate healthcare concerns.
At Health Testing Centers, we offer cost-effective ways to identify and track your cholesterol, a major indicator of a healthy heart. At the most basic level, you can order our Lipid Profile (LP) which includes HDL, LDL, Total Cholesterol levels and Triglycerides before you visit your doctor, saving you time and money.
Our Heart Health Screening Level I
includes a Basic Health Screening with Lipid Profile, CBC, CMP and the highly sensitive C-Reactive Protein test to determine inflammatory factors that can lead to heart disease.
The Heart Health Screening Level II
offers the Basic Health Screening, an NMP Lipoprofile, a Lipid Profile, the highly sensitive C-Reactive Protein Test and a Homocysteine test for the most comprehensive assessment of your heart health that’s available, all without visiting a doctor.
Call us today at 1-877-511-LABS and speak to a nurse about your concerns. Then order our fast, private tests, all of which are fully confidential.
Health Testing Centers – we’re here to help because we care.