Cardiac Risks Profile


Often cholesterol or lipid tests are the only ones done to assess cardiac risk, and based on this result many people are prescribed statin drugs to lower their cholesterol. Heart attacks are not exclusively caused by high cholesterol in the blood, but by a variety of factors, the main one being stress.

The important parameters to measure when assessing cardiac risk are:

• Total cholesterol

• LDL [low density lipoprotein], of which there are 2 subtypes:

  1. Type A: light fluffy particles which do not cause atherosclerosis.
  2.  Type B: small dense particles which are associated with increased risk of atherosclerosis.
  3. Unfortunately testing to differentiate these particles is not yet available in RSA.

• HDL [high density lipoprotein]

• Triglycerides

• Lipoprotein a

• Homocysteine

• Ultrasensitive CRP [C-reactive protein]

If the person is overweight, an assessment of insulin resistance and glucose levels are also very important.

Vitamin D3 behaves more like a hormone than a vitamin in the body, and many people are found to have low levels. It is also important to measure as contributing to overall risk.



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