CardioDx Cardiac Score Test
The CARDIODx Cardiac Score quantifies the endothelial damage and predicts the likelihood of Acute Coronary Syndrome (heart attack, unstable angina and sudden cardiac death) within five years. The CARDIODx Cardiac test measures the body’s immune response pathway of coronary endothelial damage causing the formation, progression and likelihood of cardiac lesion rupture that may lead to a heart attack.
What are protein unstable lesions and how are they linked to heart attacks?
Heart disease is a broad term for group of conditions that can affect the heart and prevent it from properly functioning. This includes coronary heart disease which is the build up of fatty plaque within your blood vessels. Over time as plaque hardens, it begins to narrow your arteries and reduce the flow of oxygen rich blood to your heart and other parts of your body. Plaque can also weaken or injure the walls of your arteries causing unstable lesions which could lead to a rupture. When these lesions are present, they leak unique proteins that can be detected in your blood stream.
Seventy-five percent of heart attacks are caused by unstable cardiac lesion ruptures. Detecting the presence of these lesions can be an indicator of your overall heart health and predict your risk for having a heart attack.
Who should get tested?
If you are over the age of 40 and have no previous history of heart attacks, you should speak to your healthcare provider to determine if the CardioDx test is right for you.
A CardioDx test may also be recommended if you have one or more of the following risks factors:
- Poor diet
- Lack of exercise
- Alcohol abuse
- Substance abuse
- High cholesterol
Up to 80% of all heart attacks are preventable. The early detection of unstable cardiac lesions, combine with the management of risk factors, can help reduce your risk of heart disease and heart attacks.
Understanding your results
Test results will be provided directly to your healthcare provider for discussion with you. Your CARDIODx test results will include:
- Your personalized cardiac profile with individual test measurements for unstable cardiac lesions and the likelihood of rupture (heart attack).
- Your “Heart Age” which shows your cardiac score relative to your age and gender group.
- Recommended lifestyle modifications that may help maintain or reduce your chances of a heart attack.
- Your medical history, age, gender and other factors will influence the outcome of the tests. Your physician will help explain the results and make recommendations for changes in lifestyles, additional treatments or if further testing is required.
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