Male aged 54, 5'10, 158 lbs, body fat 19.9%. Triple bypass March 2015. Became a pesco-vegetarian (still have dairy) in February 2016. Shed 35 lbs from date of surgery to present. Exercise daily for one hour.
Off all meds.
I've learned a great deal about CVD since my surgery and here are some things everybody should do whenever they get a blood test. In addition to the traditional lipid profile, ask for the following blood tests:
MPO (Myeloperoxidase) - provides level of vascular inflammation which determines risk level for heart attack and stroke;
high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) test - provides level of general inflammation in the body - a good predictor of a future cardiac event and other diseases.
hbAIC - 3 month average blood glucose level - usually done to determine diabetes, but identifying glucose levels is key to reducing inflammation in the body.
Other non-invasive test:
Brachial Artery responsiveness test - to get your FMD% score - this measures the elasticity of your brachial artery (the major artery in your arm) by cutting off the blood supply for 5 minutes then releasing to see rapidity of blood flow and endothelial response and dilation. A device called the 'angiodefender' is now in use in a clinical setting - takes 20 minutes and uses a blood pressure cuff connected to a computer. Check the link below for more information. In Canada, this test cost me $175 CAD. everisthealth.com/angio-def...
Also have your body fat measured correctly. I went to a company that uses a machine called the bod-pod bodyknow.ca/ I'm sure the machine is available in other parts of the world.
Once you have your numbers, you then have a baseline or reference point to measure changes in the future. 'What gets measured gets done' is an old axiom - it provides an incentive to improve.
With all of these tests, you will get a more complete picture of your cardiac health than just relying on the standard lipid-profile blood test. An angiogram will give the best picture but it is invasive and has risks.