We offer a wide-range of tests that provide insight into your health. Below is a comprehensive list of our tests.
- PULS Cardiac Test™ from Cleveland HeartLab
- Cardio Genotype Testing from Cleveland HeartLab (6 tests)
- Cardiometabolic Panel
- Telomere Test
- Fatty Acid
- D-Spot Test
- Nutritional Panel
- Nutritional and Fitness Genetic Analysis
We have all heard the role that cholesterol plays in heart disease. Standard cholesterol tests can miss that you are at risk. Did you know there are other tests that help determine your risk for a cardiovascular event? Yes! FH Medical has access to cutting-edge laboratory tests from world leaders in medical research looking at a variety of risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
PULS Cardiac Test™ from Cleveland HeartLab
The PULS Cardiac Test can predict your 5-year risk for a heart attack.
The PULS Cardiac Test is a blood test designed to help identify people who appear healthy but may have active heart disease which could result in a heart attack. Having your PULS Score checked can help you find out if you may be at a higher risk for a heart attack in the next five years.
The PULS Cardiac Test builds upon the science of the Framingham and Reynolds Risk Calculators, providing an accurate and proven assessment of heart attack risk. This leading edge test is for individuals at intermediate risk with one or more of the following risk factors for coronary heart disease:
- Family history of cardiovascular disease
- Elevated cholesterol
- Pre-hypertension or hypertension
Traditional risk calculators rely on established risk factors to predict your likelihood for developing heart disease. However, these calculators may underestimate your risk. Sadly, half of severe heart attacks occur in adults with no – or just one – risk factor. The PULS Cardiac Test adds to these risk factors by also looking at markers of unstable plaque. This empowers FH Medical’s Physician with information to better estimate your risk and manage your care.
Cardio Genotype Testing from Cleveland HeartLab
The Cardio Genotype Testing includes six leading-edge tests that will help in identifying your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. One of the newest tests available is the Cleveland HeartLab Cardio IQ test. This exciting new test looks at the lipoprotein particle sizes as a measurement of premature heart disease risk and combines that with testing for specific genetic markers for cardiac risk, including the risk of early heart attack (under age 50 for men or age 60 for women), atrial fibrillation and cardioembolic stroke risk.
This is just one of six tests included in the Cardio Genotype Testing we use to help us make personalized recommendations for cardiac risk reduction for our patients.
The Cardiometabolic Panel is another test that offers a clinically relevant evaluation to help determine your risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), progression toward Type 2 Diabetes, and inflammation. To more thoroughly explain risk factors for cardiac disease, this panel includes an evaluation of the potential for pre-diabetes as well as a more extended evaluation of lipid and cholesterol metabolism. Each patient is assigned a CardioMetabolic Risk Assessment, which is an indication of your risk (Low, Moderate or High) for developing cardiovascular disease, including stroke and diabetes. In addition, the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment is an estimate of your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. These checkpoints help patients understand that not just one factor, but rather a collection of risk factors, contribute to the genesis and progression toward poor blood sugar control and/or ASCVD. The test results allow our physicians to know when guidance, educational referral, or treatment is necessary.
In addition to the above three tests, we have access to several more tests to help us make personalized recommendations for cardiac risk reduction for our patients.
How our cells age, it turns out, largely depends on the length of our telomeres, the protective caps at the ends of our chromosomes.
Our medical team has access to a leading edge Telomeres test. A telomere length analysis test is a blood test that measures the length of the telomeres. The benefit of a telomere test is the information it provides to you regarding your biological age. The information will help you make adjustments to your lifestyle that can lead to better health and a longer life.
Fatty Acid Profile
The Fatty Acid Profile measures major fatty acids found in red blood cells.
Essential fatty acids are fatty acids that cannot be manufactured by the body; they are only available from dietary or supplementary sources. As an integral component of all cell membranes, abnormalities and imbalances in essential fatty acids can have wide-ranging effects. Evidence indicates that cardiovascular disease, chronic inflammation, depression, behavioral and mood disorders, age-related cognitive decline, and early dementia may all benefit from improvements in fatty acid balance. In particular, omega-3 fatty acid levels are considered a modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
Preventing a heart attack starts with knowing which risk factors you have and correcting what you can. The Fatty Acid Profile helps by measuring your fatty acid levels and letting you know how your numbers stack up compared to a normal population. And, if you start supplementing with fish oils and avoiding those trans and saturated fats, you can always retest and see how well you’re doing.
Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin because it is produced when skin is exposed to sunlight.
In Canada, limited sun exposure means not enough vitamin D is produced in the skin from November – April.
Knowing your vitamin D levels is important, as low levels of the sunshine vitamin have been linked to numerous diseases and health conditions. Not having enough Vitamin D in your body may result in problems with your bones, teeth, and immune system. You can develop major diseases, such as osteoporosis and osteomalacia. Other health problems linked to low vitamin D levels include cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
The D-Spot Test measures levels of 25-OH vitamin D, the preferred indicator of vitamin D nutritional status. Best known for its role in bone development, members of the vitamin D family influence regulation of more than 200 genes. There are a plethora of studies demonstrating associations between vitamin D deficiencies and various disease states.
If you currently supplement with vitamin D, testing can determine if your supplement is working and/or if your dosage is correct. Many people take a vitamin D supplement, but not everyone uses enough, and some people use too much. If you suffer from low energy, seasonal depression, osteoporosis or low immune system, vitamin D testing may be particularly beneficial for you.
Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals that are needed in small amounts for optimal health. Although the Western world is facing an epidemic of obesity, this syndrome of caloric overload is frequently associated with micronutrient deficiencies. Overweight and obese people are over 80% more likely to have micronutrient deficiencies than lean people. Most popular weight loss diet plans lack the recommended daily intake of several of the 28 essential micronutrients. Similarly, burgeoning obesity problems in developing countries are marked by many of the same micronutrient deficiencies that starving people have.
The Nutritional Panel test assesses an individual’s micro-nutritional status, evaluating 34 vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants present in a population of white blood cells. It will help you determine if you are getting enough nutrition. This panel can also help rule out adrenal gland disorders and malnutrition.
Nutritional and Fitness Genetic Analysis
It is well established that what you eat affects your health. The nutrients in food affect molecular processes including those that affect DNA structure and gene expression. Conversely, an individual’s genetic makeup can influence how nutrients are absorbed, used, stored, and excreted by the body. A new field of study, nutritional genomics is at the forefront of personalized health care.
This test evaluates genetic influences on:
- Cholesterol and sugar metabolism
- Micronutrient processing, including bone metabolism, and sensitivity to salt
- Dietary habits – the desire for sweets, the degree of hunger, bitter and sweet taste perception
- Metabolization of nicotine, alcohol, and lactose (milk sugar)
- Sensitivity to oxidation, a key player in chronic illness
- Muscle structure and effectiveness of different kinds of exercise
- Predisposition to addictions and aging