A Highly Regarded Cardiologist Recommends You Ask for This Lab Test before Being Discharged from the E.R.. Do you know what it is? It could save your life…
- Advanced Lipid Profile
- Lipoprotein A
- Vascular Screening
Answer: ALL OF THE ABOVE +
In a recent guest blog Joel Kahn, M.D., FACC, FSCAI says this about today’s standard ER procedures, “In my 30 plus years of training and practice, you are likely to have the same lab tests at an annual physical now as in the 1970s. This is not acceptable as there have been major advances in assessing your physiology by labs.” He continues and recommends the following labs:
- Advanced Lipid Profile – It gathers more than just your LDL cholesterol level, it measures LDL particle counts and sizes which can be better indicators of future heart and stroke events.
- Lipoprotein A – This is a genetic form of cholesterol. If it is higher than average the risk of an cardiac or stroke event are much more likely.
- Homocysteine – Its an amino acid and its levels can be used to predict artery and brain health. Its levels can be balanced and with it lower risks of serious health problems.
- Vascular Screening – An ultrasound to check your arteries, aorta, and legs. Although they are rarely definitive it would show the presence of plaque which would prompt you to have a more complete evaluation by a vascular expert.
Dr. Kahn recommended additional tests and also talks about the dangers of drug interactions (even readily available antibiotics) in his guest blog. You can read it in its entirety here.