Heart diseases can strike anyone at any time. Men tend to believe that because they look healthy on the outside, they don’t have to worry about what is going on inside. This belief can cause many problems because heart diseases such as heart attacks or extreme plaque buildup in the arteries don’t have any outward signs or symptoms. If you are worried about your susceptibility to heart diseases, the following medical tests can help diagnosis potential heart problems before they become serious or deadly.
The Cardiac Calcium Scoring
The cardiac calcium scoring test does a quick look for any plaque buildup that can occur in the heart’s arteries. The test is run by taking a quick scanner and hooking it up to the body. A small electrical pulse is put through the body, and it checks for calcium or cholesterol which is what leads to the plaque buildup. This test is the best indicator of a future heart attack, and has been known to prevent heart attacks.
The cardiac calcium scoring test should be run on men who are age 50 or older. It should also be run on people who have a family history of heart attacks or heart disease.
This test is essentially an ultrasound that is conducted on the neck. It provides healthcare professionals with a look at the carotid arteries in both the left and right side. The carotid arteries are essential to providing blood to the brain and head. The carotid intimal medial thickness test is essential in helping people predict who might be at risk for heart diseases such as coronary artery disease as it allows people to see if there is a blockage forming in the carotid arteries.
The carotid intimal medial thickness test should be performed on people who are 40 and over. It is also recommended for people between 30 and 40, but only if they have a family history of heart disease.
High-Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein Test
The high-sensitivity c-reactive protein test is designed to indicate if there is a high level of inflammation throughout the body. When cholesterol levels are high it can cause extreme inflammation throughout the body which causes CRP levels to rise. This test can help indicate if a heart attack or stroke might be possible. This test is usually run on people who are 40 and over, and takes only a few minutes to run.