One of the problems with heart health is that once the problem begins, 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 prior to any obvious symptoms appearing? 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 to have a look at your fingers.
According to Dr. Chris Renna, a physician at Lifespan Medicine 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 blood vessels, an aspect 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 from as young as 30, and if the dysfunction is present, correcting it as soon as possible is one way to improve their health later in life.
In fact, 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.
In order to undergo the EndoPAT test, you’re hooked to sensors that are placed on each of your fingers. After the sensors are in place, blood pressure cuffs are used to stop the blood flow in one of your 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 returning to normal.
Those that display signs of abnormal heart functions will only recover to the point that the blood flow was at before the cuff was inflated, and the blood flow was stopped. There will be no spike.
If a patient’s test is abnormal, it’s likely they will end up experiencing problems with their heart later in life. The good news is that this test allows them a chance to take preventative action so that their worst fears won’t be realized.
High blood pressure is a major cause of heart attack and stroke.