Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women worldwide, responsible for the deaths of 600,000 American every year. Heart attack is popularly considered a men’s health issue, but women are just as likely to be affected, and are more likely to die within a year of the attack. For most people, the only indication of being at-risk for heart attack is being diagnosed with high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, or high blood pressure.
Cholesterol levels and hypertension are only a part of the equation. A person’s ability to process nutrients, reduce oxidative stress, and inflammatory response also play a critical role in defending against this deadly disease.
Diabetes increases the risk of death from heart disease up to 400%. Diabetics are responsible for more than 20% of health care costs. 86 million Americans are estimated to be prediabetic. Without major improvements in prevention, as many as 1 in 3 adult Americans could have diabetes by 2050.
Genomic testing and analysis can expose individual vulnerabilities and predispositions that contribute to the development of heart disease, and provide the objective data required to make the right dietary and lifestyle choices for risk reduction and prevention.
The CardioMetabolic and Ultimate Wellness genomic test panels provide a comprehensive evaluation of many of these areas related to heart disease, including:
Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Glucose Utilization & Metabolism, Hypertension, Stress Response, Lipid Metabolism, Metabolic Syndrome, Oxidative Stress, Renin-Angiotensin System, Salt Sensitivity, Stroke, Micronutrients, Methylation/Homocysteine, Inflammation.