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    In today’s stressful and competitive world, healthy living has taken a backseat. The lifestyle habits and dietary routine leaves you with no scope to look after your heart’s health. This can lead to several problems, including hormonal imbalance, diabetes, hypertension, mental health issues, etc.

    All these conditions collectively affect our heart’s health. Thus, an appropriate heart health package can help reduce the severity of the cardiovascular disease. The tests for cardiac health act as a preventive measure to start the treatment on time.

    Not every individual is prone to heart disease; however, nearly 55 million cardiovascular disease cases around the world are alarming. Thus, you must go for a regular cardiac checkup and stay updated about your health.

    Apollo 24|7 has comprehensive tests for cardiac health that one can undergo if they have:

    • A poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle
    • Deleterious habits like smoking, alcohol consumption, and binge-eating
    • Abnormal BMI 
    • A family history of heart diseases 
    • Fatigue and shortness of breath after doing a slight physical activity

    It is essential to opt for a heart health package and complete the screening of all the factors that could affect cardiac health. A package including tests for heart health starts with a basic fasting glucose assessment to understand the effects of diabetic or pre-diabetic conditions, if any.

    Another test in the heart health package includes testing the levels of urea, a waste product in the body that is readily filtered by the kidney. However, a significant amount of urea is retained in the blood during any type of inflammation or disorder in the kidneys. This condition could result due to hypertension or other cardiovascular diseases.

    Another critical test in cardiac checkups includes creatinine, a waste product in the body’s metabolic process. The presence of creatinine does not cause any ailment; however, its high level can indicate renal dysfunction. Symptoms like swelling in the face and ankle, lower back pain, and changes in urine output are indications to take tests for heart health.

    C-reactive protein is another important test in the heart health package that acts as a predictive marker for heart disease and cholesterol. Abnormal levels of C-reactive protein in blood are due to severe inflammation. Hence, inflammation in the arteries makes an individual vulnerable to cardiovascular diseases, stroke, arterial disease, and heart attack.

    The lipid profile test is included in every heart health package since the amount of lipid and cholesterol contributes to plaque build-up in the arteries. Moreover, lipids are also responsible for producing hormones and vitamin D. A lipid profile measures cholesterol and triglyceride levels that further increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

    The cholesterol test includes measuring the low-density lipoprotein (LDL), high-density lipoprotein (HDL), non-HDL, very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL), and the critical ratio between these cholesterols. These ratios are necessary to analyse the effects of different types of cholesterols on the health of the individual. 

    Medically reviewed by Dr. Amit Mittal, Cardiologist at Apollo Hospitals Indraprastha, South Delhi.

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    While there is no right or wrong time to opt for tests for cardiac health, one must always be alert about the symptoms in their body. Some alarming symptoms include: Tightness in the chest Increased pressure or discomfort in the chest region  Difficulty in breathing Frequent numbness or weakness in vessels of the limbs  Slight pain in the chest 
    Yes. A healthy person without any symptoms can also go for cardiac checkups because the symptoms are not immediate. As far as cholesterol or hormone-mediated heart issues are concerned, the symptoms appear gradually over time. Hence, it is necessary to stay updated with your health and start the treatment early.
    The two most common cardiac checkups one must go for are heart rate monitoring and blood pressure monitoring. A constant rise or fall in the heart rate could signify heart disease. Similarly, abnormally high or low blood pressure could lead to several other problems in the body.
    The package containing tests for cardiac health is a preliminary assessment to understand your heart’s health using basic parameters. However, your clotting factors are not directly associated with your heart’s health. Hence, these parameters are not included in the regular cardiac checkups.
    The first step is to consult with your physician about the severity of the situation. If your heart issues are mild, they can be managed using holistic approaches like physical exercise, yoga, dietary supplements, and lifestyle changes. However, if the problem is severe, then the physician is likely to suggest medication or any other procedure that might be helpful.

    Why should Apollo be your preferred healthcare partner?

    • 36 Years of legacy and credibility in the healthcare industry.
    • NABL certified multi-channel digital healthcare platform.
    • Affordable diagnostic solutions with timely and accurate test results.
    • Up to 60% discount on Doorstep Diagnostic Tests, Home Sample Collection.
    • An inventory of over 100+ laboratories, spread across the country, operating out of 50+ cities with 700+ collection centres, serving over 1800+ pin codes.

    The information mentioned above is meant for educational purposes only and should not be taken as a substitute to your Physician’s advice. It is highly recommended that the customer consults with a qualified healthcare professional to interpret test results

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