Signs of Heart Disease
Prevention Requires Proper Diagnosis Before an Incident
Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death globally. Unfortunately, many people go undiagnosed and experience a heart attack or a stroke as their first sign of underlying disease. It is estimated that 90% of cardiovascular disease is preventable, but it is a multi-factorial problem that can only be treated with a whole-body approach that focuses on inflammation, blood sugar, insulin control, nutrition, exercise, stress management, sleep, and environmental toxin exposure.
Dr. Carlson has extensive experience with comprehensive cardiovascular risk assessment using Cleveland Heart Labs. A standard lipid panel only predicts about 50% of those that will go on to have a heart attack or stroke, suggesting that 50% of those with normal cholesterol levels are at risk. Measuring both systemic inflammation and inflammation within artery walls can help identify this “hidden risk.” Advanced lipid testing includes the number of atherogenic (dangerous) particles and the size of these particles. Other tests for specific vitamins, fatty acids, and metabolites, as well as genetic markers are also considered. This evaluation can be used to catch the beginning and prevent cardiovascular disease or help guide treatment at more advanced stages.
Dr. Carlson also refers for non-invasive imaging techniques such as CIMT / carotid ultrasound, coronary calcium scoring, EKG’s, and echocardiograms that are additional tools to gain further information as to your true level of risk.
- High Cholesterol
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Disease
- Family History of Cardiovascular Disease