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About Our Standard Heart Health Panel
Our Standard Heart Health screening is used as a broader test for overall health and cardiovascular health. This test is especially helpful for individuals with a risk for heart attack or heart disease.
The Standard Heart Health screening includes the following tests:
- Lipid Panel
- Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)
- Routine Urinalysis
- Complete Blood Count (CBC) With Differential
- C-Reactive Protein (CRP) with High Sensitivity (Cardiac Risk Assessment)
Lipids are fats or fat-like substances found throughout the body. The Lipid Panel test measures the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides within the blood. Cholesterol is a necessary part of the healthy functioning of cell walls, and the lipid panel can help assess someone’s risk for cardiovascular difficulties.
Our Lipid Test Panel includes
- Total Cholesterol
- High-density lipoprotein “HDL” (the good cholesterol)
- Low-density Lipoprotein “LDL” (the bad cholesterol)
Complete Metabolic Panel
The CMP is a popular test used to identify the functioning of the body’s metabolism by looking at the health of the kidneys and liver as well as measuring the body’s levels of glucose, blood protein, electrolytes, and fluids. It can be used to help diagnose ailments such as kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, dehydration, malnutrition, and more.
The following 14 are tested for in the CMP:
- Total Protein
- Co2 (carbon dioxide, bicarbonate)
- BUN (Blood urea nitrogen)
- ALP (alkaline phosphatase)
- ALT (alanine amino transferase)
- AST (aspartate amino transferase)
In addition to the previous 14 measurements, the CMP also includes these calculated measurements:
- BUN/Creatinine Ratio (calculated)
- Albumin/Globulin Ratio (calculated)
- Globulin (calculated)
A urinalysis is a urine test that measures the amount of and the presence of certain elements within the urine. Certain diseases may be identified early through substances found in the urine and/or by diagnosing abnormal levels of substances in the urine.
The urinalysis test looks at the following:
- Specific gravity
- pH protein
- Occult blood
- Leukocyte esterase
- Microscopic examination of urine sediment
Complete Blood Count Test
Our CBC test includes differentials and platelets. The test provides a broad view of general health by screening for a variety of different diseases and conditions that affect red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.
Here are the 10 parts of the blood we test for in our CBC test:
Red Blood Cell Count (RBC) - The number of red blood cells in the blood. Red blood cells make up 40 - 50% of the blood, and they employ the use of hemoglobin to transport oxygen throughout the body.
Hematocrit - The amount of space red blood cells take up in the blood - A protein that transports oxygen to various tissues and organs
Mean Corpuscular Volume (MCV) - The average volume of red blood cells in the blood Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin (MCH) - The amount of hemoglobin in each red blood cell Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin Concentration (MCHC) - The concentrated amount of hemoglobin in any given volume of red blood cells. Red Cell Distribution Width (RDW) - The range of red blood cells’ sizes. Cells typically range from 6 to 8 micrometers in diameter
White Blood Cell Count (WBC) - Count of white blood cells in the blood. These cells defend the body from infections.
Percentage and Absolute White Blood Cell Differential Counts - The makeup of different white blood cells in the blood. This provides the count in absolute numbers as well as percentages.
Platelet Count - The number of platelets in the blood. Platelets form blood clots and generate new tissues
The C-Reactive Protein (CRP) High Sensitivity test is used to assess heart attack and/or stroke risk in individuals. CRP is a protein created by the liver. Increased C-reactive protein (CRP) levels are found in inflammatory conditions including and this high sensitivity version of the CRP test detects these protein levels at a greater sense than the standard CRP test. The correlation between c-reactive protein levels and heart health provides insight into an individual's stroke and heart attack risk despite normal or average cholesterol levels.
The Homocysteine test measures levels of homocysteine, a non-protein amino acid that is found in the blood. Increased levels of homocysteine in the blood are related to a higher risk of coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis, blood clots, heart attack and stroke.
Fasting is required for the lipid panel and the blood glucose test that is included in the CMP. Fasting is defined as no consumption of food or beverages other than water for at least 8 hours before testing.