This is this is the second part of our topic of the Heart. Today, we will blend standard medicine with natural health care in terms of identifying blood tests that are exceptionally beneficial to cardiovascular care.
Firstly, let me address the issue of Cholesterol. According to Dr. Hans Nieper a correlation has been found between higher cholesterol levels in the blood and lower frequency of cancer, if accompanied by higher values of DHEA. According to various researchers, a level above 240 correlates with cardiovascular disease only in men between the ages of 35 and 55. The risk of stroke and potentially cancer increases below 150. In short, cholesterol is a poor indicator or predictorof cardio problems by itself. Here are the newest tests, holdinggreat potential:
1. Homocysteine. This is an amino acid in the blood in which studies have linked to elevated risk of heart disease and stroke. Prevention: Folic acid and Vitamins B6 and 12
2. CRP or C-Reactive Protein. This is a naturally occurring chemical in the blood that is elevated when inflammation is present in the body. Inflammation in arteries can make plaque rupture, causing a heart attack or stroke. Treatment: Exercise is by far the most important.
SPECIAL NOTE: Recent studies have shown that walking is NOT considered exercise and does little by itself.
3. Lipoprotein. This is a variation of LDL or “bad” cholesterol. Lipoprotein has been associated with an increased risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease. Treatment: Diet, exercise and specific nutrition (we will cover this topic next week) can lower these levels.