When it comes to diagnosing heart disease, a blood test or lab test can be used in a variety of ways. At Corrielus Cardiology, we pursue the most effective non-invasive testing measures to evaluate your heart health. Dr. Corrielus has a keen understanding of how specific lab tests can be used to assess patients risk for heart disease. Blood tests can also confirm whether or not a specific medication is working as well as identify the severity of certain heart conditions.
Cardiovascular Disease Lab Testing
In order to help us gain the most accurate assessment of your heart health, Dr. Corrielus may order one or more of the following lab tests:
Cardiac biomarkers –To detect damaged heart cells and diagnose a heart attack.
Lipid blood tests- To identify levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, which helps determine your risk of heart disease.
Lipoprotein, homocysteine and fibrinogen tests – Markers for developing coronary heart disease.
C-reactive protein – Identifies increased levels inflammation.
Blood tests for anticoagulants – Evaluates a safe level for blood thinner medication.
Blood sugar tests – To test for diabetes.
B-type natriuretic peptide test – To detect and measure the severity of heart failure.
Electrolyte tests –To confirm the effectiveness of a treatment or to detect liver, heart and kidney disease.
Blood count – To diagnose and monitor a certain heart conditions or assess the effectiveness of medication.
Lab tests are often used in conjunction with other cardiac testing methods or as part of a full cardiac screening and evaluation. At Corrielus Cardiology, we value the importance of helping patients understand their specific risk for heart disease. It is a devastating condition that is highly preventable if patients are aware of their risk factors and how healthy lifestyle habits can significantly reduce those risks.
To schedule your lab tests or cardiac screening in Philadelphia, please contact Corrielus Cardiology today.