Comprehensive Cardiovascular Profile

Heart health is becoming of increasing concern to most North Americans, as recent research shows that almost 50% of attack victims do not always show traditional early warning markers for cardiovascular disease. Metametrix Labratories’ Cardiovascular Profile helps doctors identify patients who are particularly at risk and would benefit from preventative treatment of cardiovascular disease.

The test assesses the synergistic functioning of all the individual lipid scores and independent cardiovascular factors.

  • Homocysteine—Levels of the amino acid can rise in response to deficiencies in B12, folate, B6, and betaine. High levels of homocysteine can lead to damaged endothelium, increased platelet aggregation, and the formation of atherosclerotic lesions.
  • Lipoprotein—Lipoprotein is played a causal role in atherothrombogenesis and is also associated with coronary and peripheral cardiac events. It promotes the presence of deposits in atherosclerotic lesions.
  • C-reactive protein—High levels of C-reactive protein are indicative of inflammation linked to coagulation and vascular endothelium damage. Research suggests that pathogens such as Chlamydia pneumoniae or Heliobacter pylori may cause chronic inflammation. Individuals who have previously experienced a cardiovascular event are often at risk for higher levels of C-reactive protein.
  • Fibrinogen—High levels of fibrinogen can lead to arterial clotting by promoting thrombus formation, endothelial injury, and hyperviscosity.
  • Triglycerides—High levels of triglycerides (typically elevated by diets high in saturated fats or carbohydrates) can lead to the progression of coronary and peripheral atherosclerosis.
  • Cholesterol—Ratios of cholesterol levels provide information on the dynamics of lipid metabolism and impact on cardiovascular disease.
    After assessing the results of the cardiovascular health profile, the patient and doctor work together to develop interventions to reduce the patient’s risk of cardiovascular trauma.