Heart Health Screening Provides Advanced Health Assessment Giving You A Head Start on Prevention
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Hi Dr. ED Dean here.
In this video I’m going to show you which tests I use to “look inside” the body to assess health, and I am going show you why the Heart CT for coronary calcium may be the single most critical test for your well-being and life. I am going to tell you about the one single thing you can do that will most likely improve your health and longevity, and I will also tell you what the right tests are to do.
The "one thing" to do that will most likely improve your health is pay attention to your level of cardiovascular disease.
Cardiovascular disease is the number one entity likely to affect your health. The good news is that it is largely preventable if you use the right tests to monitor it and step up prevention if needed.
Here's why: Every one of your 100 trillion cells is dependent on a healthy system. The problem is that cardiovascular disease starts early in life and initially progresses silently until the damage is done, causing premature aging and dysfunction of your entire body.
Is it common? You bet. 80% of us will have a major procedure or illness due to this disease. Most men have significant vascular disease in their 40s and 50s, and most women in their 50s and 60s.Tests once used for the early detection of vascular disease such as cholesterol, EKG, and stress testing, are woefully insensitive. Newer understanding and testing is now available to directly measure this killer disease and allow stepped up prevention.
Most people use the wrong test in trying to determine whether not they have vascular disease. Certain health myths and dogma promote complacency and disease. Some of the more popular myths and dogma include using cholesterol, the EKG, and stress testing as a means for detecting and measuring early vascular disease.
Standard cholesterol testing alone is a very poor way to find hidden plaque. If we use cholesterol as our initial decision making point, we will be misled all too often. 80% of heart attacks occur in people who have cholesterol levels that would be considered good or normal. You see, cholesterol is only one of the risk factors for vascular disease.
The EKG is another means to look at the heart, yet it is possible to have a perfectly normal EKG and have suffered a heart attack.
Stress testing is another notoriously unreliable test in people who have no symptoms. Don't get me wrong – this is a useful test in certain circumstances, but is a very poor test for determining asymptomatic early vascular disease. You may have numerous small blockages that don't affect blood flow or don’t show up on a stress EKG, images of your heart (nuclear scan or echo) or as symptoms of chest pain, dizziness or shortness of breath.
Your tests are “normal”, which will likely be interpreted inaccurately as no evidence of disease – when in fact you have you have extensive vascular disease. I see evidence of this daily in my practice and experience. The hidden plaque is waiting to rupture, yet it is unrecognized and untreated. This is why it's possible to have a perfectly normal stress test and then collapse of a heart attack in the parking lot of the doctor's office. 90 percent of people with hidden (asymptomatic) coronary plaque will have entirely normal stress tests—yet they are still at risk.
The heart CT may be the single best test to pick up asymptomatic heart and vascular disease in its earliest stages. If I could do just one test to help people assess their lifetime risk of disease, this would be it. Understanding this test could mean the difference between death, heart attack, stroke and deteriorating health, or a lifetime free of symptomatic disease. It could mean avoiding a painful and costly bypass and skyrocketing health costs.
It could mean the difference between a long vibrant zest-filled life and premature fragilities - decreased stamina, shortness of breath, memory loss, and deteriorating sexual function to name a few – many of the things we consider normal aging.
In the majority, the event announcing vascular disease is sudden death, disabling heart attack or stroke. Recent studies indicate 80% of those over 50 would benefit stepped up preventative measures. Heart Health Screening program identifies those who may benefit starting or intensifying preventative treatment strategies
Heart Health Screening is a program designed for the early detection of cardiovascular disease and increased risk using the right tests in a rapid, streamlined system which may mean the difference between a health and illness.
The core of the heart health screening assessment is the heart CT coronary calcium score. For the early detection of cardiovascular disease and your future health, the heart CT is better than EKGs, cholesterol testing, stress tests, or relying on how you feel. But the heart CT doesn't tell the whole story - it is possible to have a perfectly normal heart CT score and have significant disease, so other tests are used to assess the most common factors contributing to vascular disease. These include:
- Advanced cholesterol testing, the Lipomed profile uses MRI technology to look at cholesterol particle size and numbers, and not just levels of cholesterol. This test often picks up significant abnormalities when the regular cholesterol levels look good or great.
- Inflammation in the body is an important contributor to cardiovascular disease and declining health, and can be detected using the “ultrasensitive cardio CRP” blood test. Thyroid function is important to overall health and is assessed by the TSH blood test.
- Liver and kidney health is assessed by the comprehensive metabolic profile blood test. Glucose levels screen for diabetes common disease that is associated heart disease and a myriad of health problems. .
- Vitamin D levels detect this common deficiency that is associated with many health problems.
- Heart rhythm and electrical patterns are assessed using an EKG.
- Blood pressure, weight, body mass index (BMI), and body fat percentage assess body composition and biometrics.
In my program these are the right tests for the early detection of the number 1 disease likely to affect your health:
- Heart CT Coronary Calcium Score
- Lipomed Cholesterol Profile
- Cardio CRP (inflammation)
- TSH (thyroid function)
- Comprehensive Metabolic Profile (glucose, kidney and liver function)
- Vitamin D
- EKG (heart rhythm and electrical pattern)
- Blood pressure, weight, body mass index (BMI), and body fat percentage
These same tests are an integral part of my medical wellness program to monitor disease and response to preventive strategies.
What’s wrong with waiting for some tell-tale sign of cardiovascular disease? Well the first symptoms are often the last - 50 percent of heart attacks end in sudden death. Secondly, in my opinion, this “don't look, don't watch” approach almost guarantees declining health, function and longevity and a future of expensive medical services.
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Heart CT Coronary Calcium Score
Lipomed Cholesterol Profile
Cardio CRP (inflammation)
TSH (thyroid function)
Comprehensive Metabolic Profile (glucose, kidney and liver function)
EKG (heart rhythm and electrical pattern)
Blood pressure, weight, body mass index (BMI), and body fat percentage
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