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Comprehensive Cardiovascular Assessment


Updated February 10, 2005

About the test
The Comprehensive Cardiovascular Assessment looks at ten warning markers that can play a role in a person's risk for heart attack. The markers are:
  • Homocysteine - an amino acid that can scrape the lining of blood vessel walls, triggering fatty deposits and atherosclerosis.
  • LDL cholesterol
  • C-reactive protein - protein that indicates the level of inflammation
  • HDL cholesterol
  • Fibrinogen - involved in blood clotting
  • Apo A-1 and Apo B - influences the movement of HDL and LDL through blood and determines their impact on your cardiovascular system
  • Lipoprotein(a)
  • Triglycerides
  • Total cholesterol
Health conditions this test is used to assess
This test is often used to evaluate patients with the following history or medical conditions:
  • Family history of cardiovascular disease
  • Personal history of myocardial infarction, peripheral artery disease, or coronary artery disease
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Stress
  • Chronic illness (with poor stamina)
  • Diets high in saturated and trans fats
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Use of alcohol,nicotine,drugs (including certain medications)
  • Use of oral contraceptives
  • Hormonal imbalances (estradiol, cortisol, insulin, melatonin)
  • Post-menopause
  • Kidney disease
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)/Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)
What does this test involve?
Your doctor takes a blood sample and sends it to the lab for analysis.

How can I get this test done?
Talk to your health care professional about your symptoms and ask if this test would be useful for you. It can be done through: Great Smokies Diagnostic Laboratory.

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