How to Monitor Tests for Creating Excellent Cardiovascular Health

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Dr. Dale has provided a link (http://www.wellnesscenter.net/products/blood_test.htm) for ordering blood testing at a discounted cost with all results being sent directly to the person placing the order. A blood test would serve as a guideline to target Cardio related areas needing improvement.

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The Wellness Center for Research and Education has made available various types of blood testing designed to monitor the cardiovascular system. It would be a necessity to inform oneself on the various types of testing available if aiming to create the finest of cardiovascular health. Besides exercise, lowering stress levels and inflammation, it is important to note that there exists natural methods including a specific diet, which may be very helpful in building ideal cardio health.

Dr. Dale has provided a link for ordering blood testing at a discounted cost with all results being sent directly to the person placing the order. A blood test would serve as a guideline to target areas needing improvement and this article briefly discusses four (4) markers.

(1) C-Reactive Protein (CRP) Blood Testing - This test is an inflammation marker because it is all about reducing inflammation! CRP reflects an inflammatory condition that can be related to depression, neurotransmitter function and methylation.

Understanding that CRP is a protein found in the blood, levels of which rise in response to inflammation (i.e. C-reactive protein is an acute-phase protein), the patient is able to detect an unfavorable condition that should be addressed. CRP rises up to 50,000-fold in acute inflammation, developing in a wide range of acute and chronic inflammatory conditions like bacterial, viral, or fungal infections; rheumatic and other inflammatory diseases; malignancy; and tissue injury or necrosis. The acute phase response rapidly increases within 2 hours of insult, reaching a peak at 48 hours, and notably, it is an inflammatory response to include high and chronic stress levels. Dr. Theresa Dale created a proprietary formula "CholestLow" for lowering C-Reactive Protein levels, and the ingredients have shown to inhibit platelet aggregation and more.

Arterial damage results from white blood cell invasion and inflammation within the cell wall. Since CRP is a general marker for inflammation and infection, it can be used as a very rough proxy for heart disease risk. Many things can cause elevated CRP, therefore this is not a very specific prognostic indicator. Nevertheless, a level above 2.4 mg/l has been associated with a doubled risk of a coronary event compared to levels below 1 mg/l. A study group in this particular case consisted of patients who had been diagnosed with unstable angina pectoris. Therefore, whether elevated CRP has any predictive value of acute coronary measures in the general population of all age ranges remains unclear.

Research in Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology: 2-Volume Set suggested that patients with elevated basal levels of CRP are at an increased risk of diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. In a JAMA 286 (3): 327–34 report, "C-reactive protein, interleukin 6, and risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus" study of over 700 nurses showed that those in the highest quartile of trans fat consumption had 73% higher blood levels of CRP than those in the lowest quartile.

The clinical significance of CRP understandably motivates a need to establish safe strategies for lowering C-Reactive Protein levels and the Wellness Center for Research and Education provides suggestions and protocols that, together with a medical doctor or health provider, could procure quick, positive results.

(2) Fibrinogen Test (Blood) - Fibrinogen is a protein in blood that helps blood clot. A medical doctor may check the fibrinogen level if a person has an increased risk of heart disease. Smoking, inactivity, drinking too much alcohol and taking supplemental estrogen — whether from birth control pills or hormone therapy — may increase fibrinogen levels. Having too much fibrinogen may mean that the person has atherosclerosis and may also worsen existing injury to arterial walls. Too much fibrinogen can cause a clot to form in an artery, leading to a heart attack or stroke. A normal fibrinogen level is considered to be between 200 and 400 mg/L. Optimal reference ranges would be to the lower end of this spectrum.

(3) Homocysteine Test (Blood) - Homocysteine is a substance the body uses to make protein and to build and maintain tissue. It is usually a by-product of consuming meat. But too much homocysteine may increase risk of stroke, certain types of heart disease, and disease of the blood vessels of the arms, legs and feet (peripheral artery disease). A narrowing and hardening of the vessels is thought to occur through a variety of ways involving elevated homocysteine. Insufficient amounts of certain B vitamins in the body can theoretically hamper the metabolic breakdown of homocysteine, and hence increase its blood levels. Further testing using a non-invasive test called Echocardiogram would be necessary to help determine if there is a heart valve dysfunction. For this kind of test, it is necessary to schedule an appointment with a health provider.

(4) Cholesterol Tests (Blood) - A cholesterol test, also called a lipid panel or lipid profile, measures the fats (lipids) in the blood. The measurements can indicate the risk of having a heart attack or other heart disease. This cholesterol test typically includes measurements of the following:

  • Total cholesterol - This is a sum of the blood's cholesterol content. A high level can put someone at increased risk of heart disease.
  • Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol - This is sometimes called the "bad" cholesterol. Too much of it in the blood causes the accumulation of fatty deposits (plaques) in the arteries (atherosclerosis), which reduces blood flow. These plaques sometimes rupture and lead to major heart and vascular problems.
  • High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol - This is sometimes called the "good" cholesterol because it helps carry away LDL cholesterol, keeping arteries open and the blood flowing more freely.
  • Triglycerides - High triglyceride levels usually mean the person regularly eats more calories than they burn. High levels increase the risk of heart disease.    

It is recommended that healthy adults eat more fresh fruits and vegetable, eat less saturated fat and cholesterol, and take one multivitamin daily. One multivitamin will supply 400 mcg (microgram or one-one thousandth of a gram)/day of folic acid in addition to vitamins B6, B12, and other important vitamins. Dr. Theresa Dale formulated "Multi Vita Well", the advanced one-a-day formula with easily assimilated nutrients to help reduce inflammation and assist overall wellness.

The Wellness Center has several powerful homeopathic and anti-inflammatory herbal nutritional formulas such as "Ocean Meds", used for various conditions including Cardio Health. There is a delicate balance of nutrients necessary for proper functioning of all the body’s systems and Dr. Dale is dedicated to developing clean, non-irradiated, complex formulas that contain no animal products, toxic fillers, preservatives, flow agents.

Health Professionals and all other inquiries welcome.
For more information, call Theresa Dale's office at (800) 219 1261.

Theresa Dale, PhD, CCN, NP
Founder, The Wellness Center for Research & Education, Inc.
Dean, California College of Natural Medicine

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