"Blood viscosity has been shown to be an independent predictor of heart attacks and strokes," says Dr. Jonathan V. Wright, internationally known physician, author and Meridian Valley Lab's founder and medical director.
Seattle, WA (PRWEB) October 11, 2012
Meridian Valley Laboratory, a pioneer in diagnostic and functional testing for patients and practitioners worldwide since 1976, is the first laboratory in the nation to offer a new blood viscosity test that offers unprecedented insight about a patient’s blood thickness and stickiness for earlier detection of cardiovascular risks. The test can offer an early warning for helping patients and their doctors utilize the results for prevention of future heart attacks and strokes. Unlike blood viscosity tests that use serum and plasma, the Complete Blood Viscosity Profile tests whole blood and is thus able to provide information about the actual ability of blood to flow.
“Over 10,000 peer-reviewed scientific studies have been published on blood viscosity,” says Dr. Jonathan V. Wright, internationally known physician, author and Meridian Valley Lab’s founder and medical director. “Blood viscosity has been shown to be an independent predictor of heart attacks and strokes. Systolic blood viscosity alone has been shown to contribute at least as much predictive power as blood pressure and LDL cholesterol and more predictive power than tobacco use. Blood that is too thick or sticky can cause problems with blood flow and can damage your cardiovascular system. The Complete Blood Viscosity Profile test is critical for anyone over the age of 60 and highly recommended for people with any personal or family history of heart disease or stroke, personal or family history of diabetes, metabolic syndrome or obesity, or high blood pressure.”
As part of the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, researchers at the National Institute of Aging demonstrated the critical relationship between blood viscosity and age. There is almost no age-associated increase in viscosity until 60 years of age, but after 60 years, blood viscosity increases exponentially. The Complete Blood Viscosity Profile is a vital sign for all adults over 60 year old in general health assessments and for earlier, more accurate detection of cardiovascular risk.
A few clinical reference labs claim to offer whole blood viscosity, however these tests are just for systolic blood viscosity, not diastolic. In other words, the other labs only test the thickness of the blood and not the stickiness. This is like testing blood pressure with a cuff and only measuring systolic pressure, not diastolic. The Tahoma Clinic uses an automated scanning capillary viscometer that acquires a Complete Viscosity Profile for each patient. It is the only way available to measure systolic and diastolic blood viscosity – both the thickness and stickiness of blood.
Doctors interested in scheduling patients for a blood viscosity test can contact Meridian Valley Lab to order a viscosity shipping kit or to establish an account at 425-271-8689 (toll-free at 855-405-TEST).
About Meridian Valley Lab
Meridian Valley Lab, founded in 1976, is a world leader in allergy and hormone testing, specializing in comprehensive 24-hour Urine Hormone and Metabolite testing. Meridian Valley Lab was the first lab in the USA to offer this test to help doctors use Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy safely and effectively. The pioneering spirit of the lab is largely due the fearless dedication of Dr. Jonathan Wright, Medical Director, and his fearless dedication to serving humanity. Meridian Valley Lab’s core values are quality and accuracy. The staff working at all levels within the organization are fully qualified, conscientious and interested in providing the best laboratory services.
More information is available at http://meridianvalleylab.com