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What You Should Know About Cardiovascular Risk

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What You Should Know About Cardiovascular Risk

What Boston Heart Offers to Determine Your Risk:

Cholesterol’s Role in Cardiovascular Disease

Traditionally, the risk of cardiovascular disease has been determined by simple blood tests and the presence of various risk factors. One of the common ways healthcare providers screen for cardiovascular disease is with a blood test called a lipid panel. This panel is typically a combination of tests used to measure the amounts of fatty substances (lipids) in the blood and can include: total cholesterol (TC), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C); high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C); and triglycerides (TG).

LDL-C and HDL-C are two important types of cholesterol:

    • LDL-C, the “bad cholesterol,” can build up in the walls of blood vessels supplying your heart and slow or block the flow of blood to your heart, increasing your risk of developing heart disease and possibly a heart attack.
    • HDL-C, the “good cholesterol,” helps remove LDL-C from your blood vessels. It carries the “bad cholesterol” to the liver, where it passes out of the body.

Typical treatments include drug therapy and lifestyle changes aimed at lowering your LDL-C and raising your HDL-C.

Traditional Lipid Testing Does Not Tell the Whole Story

Information from traditional cholesterol screening tests provides basic screening information, but research indicates that lipid panel testing alone does not predict your risk of a cardiovascular disease event:

    • Clinical trials have shown that lowering LDL cholesterol reduces the risk for a cardiovascular event by only 25% on average, meaning that standard drug therapy fails to address 75% of a patient’s remaining or residual risk for cardiovascular events.
    • Additionally, hospital admission data indicates that at least half the people who’ve had a heart attack had “normal” LDL cholesterol levels.

Boston Heart’s Advanced Testing Uncovers Your Risk

Our scientists and researchers have dedicated their careers to discovering techniques to provide a more in-depth and accurate assessment of the makeup of cholesterol in order to determine cardiovascular event risk.

Boston Heart combines advanced laboratory testing and analysis with individualized treatment recommendations to uncover and manage your individual risk.

The practitioners at RenŪ Progressive Medicine, LLC have been trained with Boston Health to run the proper testing and comprehensive assessment as well as follow-up consultation.  Boston Health aslo offers 1 FREE online consultation to all patients that run this panel.

Boston Heath Cardiac Assessment is offered FREE of charge to most people with insurance. Please inquire within. 

Please call the clinic to book your consultation and fasting lab work. 
HR Phone: 541.399.6644
Portland Phone: 503.477.7915

*Established patients only
*New Patients are subject to New Patient Fees
*Please inquire within regarding insurance coverage. If you have insurance, the testing is generally FREE of charge.

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