Step 1: Get a Regular EndoPAT Test
Do you need to take better care of your heart? In the past, the best way to answer that question was to determine your Framingham Risk Score, which allows your doctor and you to estimate your risk of a heart attack over the next 10 years using seven key factors:
• Total blood cholesterol
• HDL “good” cholesterol
• Systolic blood pressure (the higher of your two readings)
• Smoking status
• Use of hypertension medication
With the EndoPAT test, there is now a simpler way to measure underlying risk that has several advantages over the standard Framingham method. The EndoPAT test and the resulting EndoScore measure your risk of developing a variety of cardiovascular disease problems—not only a heart attack and stroke, but heart failure, and peripheral arterial disease, the legs pain that result from narrowing of arteries in the legs.
Determining your EndoScore requires only a simple 15-minute non-invasive test.
EndoPAT: Conclusive Results
Results of a 2009 study conducted by researchers at the Mayo Clinic report that the EndoPAT test is “highly predictive” of a major cardiac event, such as a heart attack or stroke, for people who are considered at low or moderate risk based on their Framingham Risk Score.
In this Mayo Clinic study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Amir Lerman, M.D., a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic and senior author of the study, and other researchers, used an EndoPAT to measure the endothelial health of 270 patients between the ages of 42 and 66 and followed their progress between 1999 and 2007.
You may need EndoPAT testing to determine whether you should be making more aggressive lifestyle changes or beginning medication therapy to reduce your risk of a heart attack or related health problems. Speak to your doctor today about EndoPAT testing.
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