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Begin your journey to a healthy heart—know and manage
your risk of cardiovascular disease
Boston Heart’s approach to heart disease risk assessment and treatment is different than any other laboratory.
We’ve developed a unique set of specialized blood tests broken into four categories—lipids, inflammation, metabolics, genetics—that help you better understand your individual risk for heart disease. Within these four categories we have five tests exclusive to Boston Heart designed to uncover specific and important information about your heart health — Boston Heart HDL Map®, Boston Heart Cholesterol Balance®, Boston Heart Prediabetes Assessment™, Boston Heart Statin Induced Myopathy (SLCO1B1) Genotype, and Boston Heart Fatty Acid Balance™.
These special tests help you and your healthcare provider better understand your individual risk factors and target the therapy and lifestyle changes that will help you prevent, manage or reverse heart disease.
The Boston Heart Lifestyle Program combines your blood test results and personal preferences for food and exercise to create a fully customized nutrition plan just for you.
Scientific advancements have revealed that HDL is comprised of many different subpopulations. Where standard HDL tests measure the total amount of HDL in your blood, the Boston Heart HDL Map measures the five most significant subpopulations in HDL that are directly associated with heart disease. These particles range in size from very small to large. The amount that you have of each of these HDL subpopulations and their degree of movement during our analysis provides an indication of increased risk of disease.
Even if your standard lipid panel, including HDL, is normal, you may still be at risk. The Boston Heart HDL Map test can identify this risk and enable appropriate treatment based on our analysis and recommendations.
The Boston Heart HDL Map is the only laboratory test that identifies and measures the five major HDL subpopulations this way. This information helps your healthcare provider better understand your risk of cardiovascular disease and prescribe a specific treatment plan that will work best for you.
Each person produces and absorbs cholesterol at different rates. This can affect how your body reacts to certain therapies to lower your LDL or “bad cholesterol,” and keep plaque from building up in your blood vessels and arteries.
Drugs to treat high cholesterol help to reduce how much cholesterol your body produces or how much your body absorbs. Without understanding your cholesterol production and absorption, your healthcare provider may not have all the information needed to choose the right type and dosage of medication or recommend lifestyle changes that will work best for you.
The Boston Heart Cholesterol Balance test is the only laboratory test that can identify and measure the balance between cholesterol production and absorption. This information helps your healthcare provider target the right dietary changes and cholesterol lowering medication at the beginning of your treatment, helping to manage your condition even sooner.
Diabetes can contribute to your heart disease risk. In fact, 70% of diabetics die of heart disease. The rate of diabetes is increasing every year and today, one in three Americans is at increased risk of developing diabetes.
Diabetes can be associated with serious complications such as heart disease, stroke, blindness or amputations. The Boston Heart Prediabetes Assessment helps identify if you are at risk of developing diabetes within the next ten years and helps you and your doctor take steps to help prevent or delay the onset of this disease. The assessment can be done at the same time as your cholesterol testing (no separate blood draw or glucose testing appointment needed).
Statins are often prescribed to help people lower their LDL cholesterol and inflammation, and some people are more likely than others to experience muscle pain from certain statins. Your healthcare provider may recommend different types and dosages of medications and supplements, or encourage you to engage in lifestyle changes based on your Boston Heart Statin Induced Myopathy (SLCO1B1) Genotype test result.
Nearly one in three people have a SLCO1B1 genotype which makes them four- to seventeen-times more likely to suffer from muscle pain, tenderness and weakness as a side effect of statin therapy. If you are one of these people, your healthcare provider may prescribe low or moderate doses of the following statins which are least likely to cause you statin induced myopathy: pravastatin, rosuvastatin, pitavastatin or fluvastatin.
Fatty acids are essential to heart health. You get fatty acids from eating different kinds of fats in your diet. In addition your body can make all fatty acids except for the omega-3 and omega-6 unsaturated fats, which must be obtained from your diet. If you eat too much saturated fat, your blood cholesterol increases, which leads to clogged arteries. Unsaturated fats help to keep your cholesterol levels down and your arteries open. Trans-fats have been artificially changed and can damage your arteries and increase your risk of heart disease.
Healthy fat benefits include improved cholesterol balance, improved immune system function, reduced inflammation, and reduced rates of heart disease and atherosclerosis. The Boston Heart Fatty Acid Balance test measures all the major fatty acids for the purposes of cardiovascular risk assessment and disease management. The Lifestyle Program utilizes these results, helping you to identify which fats are unhealthy or healthy and to incorporate the right types of fats into your diet.
A complete Boston Heart cardiac risk assessment combines our exclusive blood tests with other specialized tests related to your personal health profile to uncover your unique risk of heart disease.
- We analyze your blood test results in combination with your family history, lifestyle, medications, and existing clinical factors using a unique cardio-informatics system.
- Finally, your healthcare provider receives a comprehensive risk assessment and personalized treatment plan tailored just for you—all delivered in a thorough, easy-to-understand Diagnostic Report.
By working with your healthcare provider and having the personalized information to help you take action, you can more easily achieve your goals for a healthy heart.
If you’re looking for more support, the Boston Heart Lifestyle Program will provide the tools and resources you need to get started.
1. Sachdeva A, Cannon CP, Deedwania PC, et al; for the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Hospitals. Lipid levels in patients hospitalized with coronary artery disease: an analysis of 136,905 hospitalizations in Get With The Guidelines. Am Heart J. 2009;157(1):111–117.e2.
2. Risk Factors for Heart Disease. WebMD Web site. http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/risk-factors-heart-disease. Accessed April 3, 2012.
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- Did you know?
- 50% of people, who’ve had a heart attack, have normal LDL cholesterol.1
- Knowledge is Power
- CVD risk factors include:2
- High LDL (“bad” cholesterol) or low HDL (“good” cholesterol)
- High total cholesterol
- Age (men older than 45, women older than 55)
- Family history of early cardiovascular disease
- High blood pressure
- Prediabetes or Diabetes
- Obesity (more than 20% over ideal body weight)
- Lack of regular exercise
- Test Guide
- View our Test Guide and learn more about the tests that are available from Boston Heart.