Cardiovascular health is important in both women and men. Cardiovascular disease accounts for approximately 40% of overall deaths, and in women results in more death than breast cancer. Cholesterol is one of the first blood tests that comes to mind when thinking of cardiovascular risk. However, basic lipid testing alone does not give an accurate assessment of the risk of a person having a cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack or stroke. Our naturopathic doctors use comprehensive blood testing that includes multiple biomarkers to determine an individual’s cardiovascular health status. In addition to standard cholesterol tests these biomarkers include:
- Apolipoprotein A and B
- C-reactive protein
- Oxidized LDL
- Small density LDL
- Vit E levels
In addition to blood tests, a simple in office test called MaxPulse uses photoplethysmograpy to determine both the elasticity of the blood vessels, and their contractility to give a measurement of whether or not damage has yet occurred to the cardiovascular system.
The naturopathic doctors at our clinic utilize the results of this testing to develop an individualized naturopathic plan for prevention and/or treatment of cardiovascular disease. Contact the clinic to book a consultation with one of our experienced naturopaths to discuss your cardiovascular health.