I posted this a while back, but it is so important that I wanted to be sure that you have seen it. Obviously, I don’t hand out medical advice here on United, but I will say that if I were in a high risk group for heart disease, I’d be picking up the phone about now to see what my doctor has to say about this.
Heart Disease is the number one killer in America, and apparently this new test is looking very promising for predicting which of us might have it in the years to come.
According to Dr. Kevin Campbell, a cardiologist and assistant professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina, the new testing* measures the function of the linings of our blood vessels. Apparently, when these linings do not function properly, we are headed for big trouble with eratic blood flow and possible clots, both of which cause heart attacks.
Apparently the testing consists of taking a blood pressure cup and winding it very tightly around the arm and then measuring the strength of the blood flow in the fingertips. Then, the cup is released, and doctors measure how quickly blood flow in the fingers returns to normal.
If the blood flow does not quickly return to normal, doctors now know that the patient has disfunction in the linings of the blood vessels, and that can result in major heart problems somewhere down the road. The good thing is that once a patient knows he is at risk he can begin to make the modifications to diet, exercise, and lifestyle that we know are heart-healthy.
*The name of the test you should be asking your doctors about is called EndoPAT. It takes about 15 minutes to administer.