Cardio Wellness Test

What is it and what is it used for?

The Cardio Wellness Test (C.W.T.) is a health indicator for the cardiocirculatory system, and involves evaluating 12 risk parameters, i.e.: LDL Oxidase, Total Cholesterol, HDL Cholesterol, LDL Cholesterol, Triglycerides, Homocysteine, Reactive Protein C, APO A1, APO B, Peptide C, Vitamin D3, Lipoprotein A, Plasmatic fatty acids.

It is used to evaluate potential cardiovascular risk, providing essential data to understand whether your lifestyle and habits (eating and others) put you in risk of pathologies such as hypertension, angina, stroke, cardiac decompensation. This way you can understand what to do to prevent these pathologies occurring. In particular, apart from giving the levels of each single parameter, the test also expresses an evaluation called the absolute cardiovascular risk indicator, expressed as a percentage potential of suffering a major cardiovascular event in the next ten years (infarction or stroke).

Who should take the test?

loc_cardio_wellness_enWe recommend this test if:

  • Any family members have suffered major cardiovascular events, and you want to evaluate whether you could develop them.
  • If you are overweight and have a bad diet.
  • If you are an athlete and want information about how healthy your cardiovascular system is.
  • You lead a very stressful life, with little free time and little chance to dedicate to your health.
  • You smoke heavily, drink alcohol or coffee.

Where and how to take the test?

The test involves analysing a blood sample, and can be requested in analysis laboratories, medical centres, health spas and pharmacies that offer NatrixLab diagnosis services.

Preparing for the exam: fast for at least 8 hours before the sample is taken.

…and afterwards?

If the test shows a high indicator of cardiovascular risk, consult your doctor for precise advice and treatment as prescribed. In all events, remember that lifestyle and diet are very important factors to conserve a healthy cardiovascular system. A special diet, perhaps associated with medication prescribed by a specialist, helps reduce the risk of major cardiovascular events, directly working on the metabolic alterations that are behind the pathology.

Repeating the test

We recommend repeating the test after 6 months if:

  • The values are still not satisfactory
  • You have started medication prescribed by your doctor
  • You have changed your lifestyle.

We recommend repeating the test after 12 months if:

  • The values are correct and you want prevention to become a way of life
  • You want to verify the effectiveness of your medication

 

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