One of the problems with heart health is that once the problem appears, it takes a great deal of effort to reverse it. Sometimes undergoing surgery or taking dangerous medications for a while are the only options at that point.
But how about if you could detect heart attack risk 10 – 20 years before any obvious symptoms appear? This would give you plenty of time to make minor, positive changes to prevent the big bang.
A new, completely un-invasive test does just that. You don’t even have to have your blood or urine taken. All it takes is looking at your fingers.
According to Dr. Chris Renna, a physician at Lifespan Medicine, which is based in Santa Monica, the new and innovative test that can predict heart attack risk lies in endothelial functioning. The EndoPat test determines the health of the blood vessels, which plays a big role in healthy cardio functioning.
Renna states that it is possible to determine the level of functioning of the endothelial cells in people as young as 30, and if dysfunction is present, correcting it as soon as possible is one way to improve their health later on in life.
Some people are now choosing to use this test as an indicator of their cardio health levels, and whether they are doing enough to remain healthy in the future, especially when they reach 50 and above.
Those undergoing the EndoPat test are hooked to sensors that are placed on each of their fingers. After the sensors are in place, blood pressure cuffs are used to stop the blood flow in one of the hands.
When the cuff is deflated, the manner in which the blood flow recovers is measured by the sensors.
In patients that are healthy, the blood flow will be prevented by the inflation of the cuff, but when it is deflated, the blood flow spikes for a while, to make up for the lack of blood, before it returns to normal.
Those that display signs of abnormal heart functioning will only recover to the point that the blood flow was at before the cuff was inflated and the blood flow was stopped. There is no spike.
If a patient’s test is abnormal, it’s likely they will end up experiencing problems with their heart later on in life. The good news is that this test allows them the chance to take preventative action so that their worst fears aren’t realized.
Dr. Renna has stated that lifestyle modifications are some of the best ways to become heart healthy and prevent heart disease from becoming a reality.
Some of the modifications that a person can make include exercising, watching your weight and eating a healthy diet. When combined, these changes contribute to the restoration of optimal functioning of the blood vessels, as well as the prevention of strokes and heart attacks.
High blood pressure is the major cause of heart attack and stroke.
You don’t have to make drastic changes to get your blood pressure under control and contribute to a healthy heart – our blood pressure exercises can help you lower your blood pressure levels to under 120/80 in just under a week (sometimes on the same day) and they take as little as 9 minutes a day…
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