In addition to a healthy diet, regular exercise, quality sleep, and stress management:
- Know your numbers. While blood sugar (glucose) and LDL (bad) cholesterol are important, ask your medical provider for a “deeper” dive. There are advanced CV markers such as APO B, LDL-P, HsCRP, LP-PLA2, MPO, and Hemoglobin A1C that provide a broader picture of your CVD risk.
- Know your anatomy. There are simple non-invasive tests like a carotid intima media thickening study (CIMT) or coronary artery CT scan (CAC) that can look for early plaque in the arteries.
- Know your family. Inquire about your family history’s of CVD. Talk to your mom, grandmother, and aunts, if possible.
- Know your future. While menopause is inevitable, it is possible to decrease your overall CVD risk. Address CVD issues head-on with a functional medicine doctor to optimize your future health and vitality.
At Companion Health, we are here to help you live healthier, more joyful lives. We can evaluate CVD risks for you, your mom, or anyone you love.
Call us at 704-360-5018 or email us at [email protected] to schedule your free 15-minute consultation.
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