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Begin your journey to a healthy heart—know and manage
your risk of cardiovascular disease
Boston Heart Diagnostics’ approach to cardiovascular disease risk assessment and treatment is different than any other laboratory.
First, we’ve developed two unique tests—the Boston Heart HDL Map™ and the Boston Heart Cholesterol Balance™ test to uncover specific and important information about your cholesterol that offers more insight than a standard lipid panel.
These special tests, along with diagnostic and genetic 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 cardiovascular disease.
If your healthcare provider has not already ordered a Boston Heart cardiac risk assessment for you, schedule a visit to discuss it now.
Scientific advancements have revealed that HDL is comprised of many different subparticles. Where standard HDL tests measures the total amount of HDL in your blood, the Boston Heart HDL Map measures the five subparticles in HDL that are most 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 subparticles 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, the Boston Heart HDL Map test can identify if you are at risk, enabling appropriate treatment based on our analysis and recommendations.
The Boston Heart HDL Map is the only laboratory test that identifies and measures HDL subparticles 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 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.
A complete Boston Heart cardiac risk assessment combines our proprietary blood tests, the HDL Map and the Cholesterol Balance, with other specialized tests related to your personal health profile to uncover your “true” risk of cardiovascular disease.
- We analyze your blood test results in combination with your family history, lifestyle, medications, and existing clinical factors using a unique cardio-informatics program, the Boston Heart Navigator™.
- 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 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.
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.
- Did you know?
- 50% of people, who’ve had a heart attack, have normal cholesterol.1
- Knowledge is Power
- CVD risk factors include:2
- High LDL (“bad” cholesterol) or low HDL (“good” cholesterol)
- Age (men older than 45, women older than 55)
- Male gender
- Family history of early cardiovascular disease
- High blood pressure
- Race (African American, American Indian, and Mexican American)
- Obesity (more than 20% over ideal body weight)
- High C-reactive protein
- Test Guide
- View our Test Guide and learn more about the tests that are available from Boston Heart Diagnostics.