Item Catalog Number: LC100008
Are you at risk for heart disease? Although the traditional risk factors for coronary artery disease — such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity — are important, they don’t always tell the whole story.
Life Extension® has designed the Cardiac PLUS panel to target other independent risk factors such as homocysteine, Vitamin D, C-Reactive protein and fibrinogen.
It is theorized that high blood levels of homocysteine may directly damage the delicate endothelial cells that line the inside of arteries and result in vascular inflammation, blood clot formation, and arterial plaque rupture.
Life Extension® has also identified fibrinogen as an independent risk factor for heart disease and ischemic stroke. An elevated blood level of fibrinogen increases your risk for coronary heart disease.
The C-Reactive Protein (CRP) blood test measures the level of systemic inflammation. Life Extension® believes that inflammation is the common denominator of all chronic age-related diseases. Uncontrolled systemic inflammation places you at risk for many degenerative diseases like heart disease and stroke.
Recent research has shown that vitamin D is important to every cell and tissue throughout the body. From proper immune function and bone density to heart health and mood disorders, vitamin D is critical for optimal health.
The Cardiac PLUS panel includes the following important cardiac markers:
- Chemistry Profile (Complete metabolic panel with lipids)
- Complete Blood Count (CBC)
- C-Reactive Protein (high sensitivity)
- Vitamin D 25-OH
A 12-hour fast is required for this blood test. However, drink plenty of water and take your medications as prescribed.