Inflammation Testing for Your Heart Disease Risk

Inflammation Testing for Heart Disease Risk

Heart disease is the number killer in men and women world-wide. 50% of heart attacks occur with a cholesterol below 200 which
are considered normal (to reverse heart disease the goal is 150).  Every 34 seconds someone in the U.S. dies of a heart attack. Predicting who is at most urgent risk could lead to a lifesaving intervention.
Heart disease is an inflammatory condition that starts under the  pristine lining to our arteries called the “endothelium.” Immune cells
attack the LDL cholesterol in this space below this endothelium resulting in chronic inflammation, a growing mass with eventual calcification and  probable rupture. Plaque that is inflamed is at high risk to an impending event by rupturing (heart attack, stroke, etc.).

Inflammation testing can be done at labs such as the Cleveland Heart Lab for six compounds with a simple blood draw and urine test that can tell the degree of inflammation and the likelihood of an impending event.

Cleveland Heart Lab Test Information

* F2-Isoprostanes
* Oxidized LDL cholesterol
* hsCRP – highly sensitive C-reactive protein
* Microalbumin/Creatinine ratio
* Myeloperoxidase
* Lp-PLA2 (The PLAC® Test) – Lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2

For omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and important ratios

Learn more about these tests by going to this link at the Cleveland Heart Lab so you can ask your physician to get these tests done.


For proven dietary approaches to reverse heart disease and stop this cycle of arterial inflammation before an event occurs read two books:

“Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease” by Caldwell Esselstyn, MD
Gets his book and the companion cookbook
Read his proven research and share with your physician

Also excellent is cardiologist Dr. Richard Fleming’s
book, “Stop Inflammation Now”

Be and Stay Well,



You can call Kirk for brief health and medical questions at Health Associates Medical Group where he works at (916)489-4400 Monday thru Friday 8-9:00 a.m. PST.

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