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Heart disease is the leading cause of death globally, and early detection is crucial in reducing the risk of developing life-threatening cardiovascular conditions such as heart attacks and strokes. Did you know that simple routine blood tests are an essential tool in the prevention of heart issues?

Blood tests can provide vital information on the risk factors associated with heart disease, and regular monitoring can help identify potential issues before they become severe.

Routine blood tests help in identifying potential risk factors for heart disease and provide important information on an individual's overall health. Regular monitoring of cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, and inflammation, can help identify potential issues early on and allow for early interventions.

Why are blood tests important?

Blood tests are laboratory tests that analyze a blood sample to provide information about an individual's health. Blood tests can measure various factors, including cholesterol, blood sugar, blood cell count, and organ function. Blood tests are a non-invasive and relatively simple way to gather crucial information about an individual's health. They are vital in preventing, diagnosing, and managing various health conditions.

Essential blood tests for heart health

Healthcare providers may use several essential cardiac blood tests to assess an individual's heart health. These tests include:

  • Lipid Panel: A lipid panel measures the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. High LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and low HDL cholesterol levels can increase the risk of heart disease.
  • Fasting Glucose: A fasting glucose test measures the glucose (sugar) levels in the blood after a fasting period. High levels of glucose can be a sign of diabetes, which is considered a coronary artery disease equivalent.
  • Hemoglobin A1C: Is a blood test measuring average blood sugar levels over the past 3 months. High levels of hemoglobin A1C can be a sign of uncontrolled diabetes or can help diagnose diabetes.
  • C-Reactive Protein (CRP): CRP is a marker of inflammation in the body, which can be a risk factor for heart disease. Elevated levels of CRP may indicate increased risk of heart disease.
  • B-type Natriuretic Peptide (BNP): BNP is a hormone released by the heart in response to stress or damage. Elevated levels of BNP may indicate heart failure or other cardiac conditions.
  • Troponin: Troponin is a protein released into the blood when the heart is damaged, such as during a heart attack. Measuring troponin levels can help healthcare providers diagnose and manage cardiac conditions.

About Fakeeh University Hospital’s Heart Institute

Fakeeh University Hospital's (FUH) Heart Institute encourages you to be Heart Smart. Offering a multidisciplinary treatment approach, the Heart Institute offers holistic care to patients across all age groups, starting from 5 weeks of life.

FUH’s Heart Institute constitutes a skilled team of surgeons, consultants, and specialist interventional cardiologists equipped with modern diagnostic tools providing the patients and doctors with comfort and confidence in care management. The institute has a dedicated cardiac catheterization lab staffed by highly experienced interventional cardiologists and nurses. The lab constitutes the latest technology, including advanced imaging systems and real-time monitoring equipment, to ensure patients receive the highest quality care. In addition, the hospital has a well-equipped Emergency department offering prompt actions for cardiac and other emergencies.

FUH’s Heart Institute offers specialized and comprehensive heart care services including:

  • Medical management
  • Minimally invasive interventional procedures
  • Surgical treatments for all ages through smart diagnosis

The FUH team is committed to providing precision care for your heart through accurate and smart diagnosis of heart diseases with advanced diagnostic tools including nuclear scans, cardiac CT scans, cardiac MRIs, and remote monitoring.

Dr. Alaeldin Eltom


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