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
- Total cholesterol
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
- Thyroid disorders
- 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)
- Kidney disease
- Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)/Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)
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.