Heart disease is the number one killer in America.

Do you know if you are at risk for heart disease? Can you do something about it?    THE ANSWER IS YES! 
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Just four easy steps to find out your risk for heart disease and learn what you can do to lower your risk.

One way to find out your risk for heart disease is by using the American Heart Association (AMA) online Heart Attach Risk Calculator you can obtain your customized risk for having a heart attack within the next 10 years. You can also learn what to do to lower your risk.  To take advantage of this FREE service there are 4 easy steps to follow:

  • STEP ONE- Get your blood tests (see below)
  • STEP THREE – Answer a few simple questions
  • STEP FOUR – Obtain your custom calculated risk and suggested action plan to lower your risk for heart disease.

To use the AMA calculator and get your customized risk for heart disease for 5 blood indicators, you will need to know your Fasting Sugar, Cholesterol, LDL-Cholesterol, HDL-Cholesterol and Triglycerides.  (This is easier than you may think.  Now you can order your tests on line.  See the Tests Online Tab above).  You also need to know your blood pressure, your height, weight, and waist circumference.

The AMA risk assessment tool uses a scoring system from a study known as the Framingham Heart Study to assess your risk for heart attack or dying from coronary heart disease in the next 10 years. It uses national guidelines known as the ATP III guidelines for assessing metabolic syndrome.

Remember, if your risk score is low, it doesn’t mean you can forget about taking care of your health. Even one risk factor, such as high HDL, that is not treated may lead to a higher risk later in life. Work to modify all your risk factors to improve your overall health.

Don’t know your lab results? – There is an easy way to get them. You can either go to your doctor and ask him/her to give you your results OR follow the simple steps outlined below.

INeedLabs offers the same affordable lab work & blood tests that your doctor would order, no prescription required. You can search by lab test name, the lab test category or keywords in the blood test description; ordering your lab work online has never been easier.

To find what is your risk for Heart Disease you need the results of 5 common laboratory tests. These are:

  • Fasting Glucose
  • Cholesterol
  • LDL Cholesterol
  • HDL Cholesterol
  • Triglycerides

To make it easier and affordable, these have already been grouped in a package called “Lipid panel with Glucose, plasma”.

You can order your own lab tests with a few clicks on your computer. It is easy to obtain quality laboratory tests by purchasing them online. All you need is to do is:

  • Register at INeedLabs
  • Once you register, follow this link to order the tests Lipid panel with Glucose, plasma.
  • Pay it online and print your bar coded receipt.
  • Get your blood drawn and submitted for testing by going to any of the many INeedlabs locations offering this service in 46 states on the US (no appointment necessary and most locations are open on Saturday). Remember this test should be done when fasting (for more information on “fasting” go to the Lab Test Information Tab.
  • Obtain your results on line quickly and confidentially.
  • Visit the American Heart Association Risk Calculator.
  • Register and complete the simple questionnaire.
  • Obtain your customized risk profile with recommendations on how to lower your risk.For more information of the required tests click on the Lab Test Information Tab.

 

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