Cystatin-C, hs-CRP (High-Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein), Lipoprotein(a), Total Cholesterol, LDL-C, HDL-C, Non-HDL-C, Triglycerides, Estimated Avg. Glucose (EAG), Hemoglobin A1C, Blood Pressure Average, Nitric Oxide Levels, Visceral Fat, BMI
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Cystatin-C is a protein that measures kidney function. However, studies have shown that, independent of kidney function, elevated levels of Cystatin-C are a reliable predictor of increased cardiac risk.
High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (hs-CRP)
High-sensitivity C-Reactive Protein measures inflammation in your body. While inflammation can come from a variety of sources, serum values of hsCRP of 3.0 or greater have been consistently correlated with an increased risk of cardiac events such as heart attack or stroke.
Lipoprotein(a) is a type of lipoprotein, just as LDL-C is. And, just like LDL, everyone has it. However, some people are genetically predisposed to having higher levels of Lp(a). If you do, your LDL-cholesterol is much more likely to form plaques, which raises your risk of heart disease.
Total Cholesterol (TC)
Cholesterol is a fatty substance in all of your cells that gets a bad rap but is necessary for life. Without it, you couldn’t make hormones like vitamin D! If it’s too high, it can increase heart disease risk, but total cholesterol is not the whole story. Total cholesterol means LDL-C + HDL-C + non-HDL-C
Low-density lipoprotein (LDL-C)
Low-density lipoprotein (LDL-C) actually refers to the low-density lipoprotein-bound fraction of your cholesterol and is commonly called “bad cholesterol.” LDL-C is what becomes oxidized in blood-vessel walls (the endothelium), creating plaques, and thus increasing the risk of cardiac events.
High-density lipoprotein (HDL-C)
High-density lipoprotein (HDL-C) actually refers to the high-density lipoprotein-bound fraction of your cholesterol and is commonly called “good cholesterol.” HDL-C is considered “good” because it acts like a “shuttle” to package cholesterol and bus it out of the bloodstream and into the liver for further processing. The higher your HDL-C, the better.
Non-High-density lipoprotein (non-HDL-C)
If your HDL-C is good, then it stands to reason that non-HDL-C must be not-so-good, right? Pretty much. Studies show that higher levels of non-HDL-C (which is just Total Cholesterol minus HDL-C) equate to higher cardiac risk.
Triglycerides are a type of long-chain lipids. Excessive levels of triglycerides may often occur because of genetics (family history) or high consumption of carbohydrates. High TG levels, along with other lipids, may raise cardiac risk.
This test measures the proportion of glycated hemoglobin, or hemoglobin A1C, in your blood. This is the percentage of hemoglobin in your blood that is bound to glucose, and represents your average blood glucose over an approximately three-month period. It should be less than 5.7 % if normal. If prediabetic, your HbA1C is 5-7-6.4%, and diabetic if 6.5% or greater per CDC guidelines. The numbers used to be 7.0% but are stricter now. We now know if your HbA1C level is >5.7%, your cardiac risk is also increased.
Estimated Avg. Glucose (EAG)
EAG is a reading that attempts to convert your A1C level into a familiar mg/dL of estimated average glucose over a three-month period. If your EAG is unusually high, just as with your HbA1C, your cardiac risk will also be elevated.
Blood Pressure Average
This is our calculated average of your blood pressure readings that you have entered into our app. Blood pressure is critical to assessing cardiac risk.
Nitric Oxide Levels
Nitric oxide, represented as NO, is a chemical messenger crucial to arterial function. If your nitric oxide levels are low, it indicates that the endothelium (lining of your arteries) is unhealthy, which makes you more likely to be subject to a cardiac event.
Visceral fat refers to the fat that is deep within your abdominal cavity, lining the peritoneum, omentum, and covering the organs of the abdomen (the viscera). Fat you can’t easily exercise away. The more of it you have, the higher your cardiac risk.
Body Mass Index is formally defined as (mass/height^2) * 703. However, the result is subject to interpretation. In most of the medical literature, a BMI >30 is considered “obese,” while a BMI > 40 is considered “morbidly obese.” Sometimes other criteria are considered. A high BMI is considered to be a criterion that raises cardiac risk. It especially does so in combination with other risk factors.
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