With exceptional accuracy, a simple blood test can predict heart attack: 95 percent of the time, actually. White blood cells produce an enzyme called myeloperozidase (MPO).
High MPO levels are what predicts a heart attack, as well as the need for aggressive treatment for coronary artery disease – within the following six months.
Accuracy rate is 95 percent. The MPO blood test has been FDA approved. The MPO test is invaluable because oftentimes, the first symptom of coronary artery disease is a fatal heart attack. Mortality rate for heart attack victims is one out of three.
Up until the discovery of the MPO test, the only useful blood tests relating to heart attack simply indicated if a cardiac event had already occurred (a troponin test). Traditional cardiac and stress tests may miss signs of an imminent heart attack. This is where the MPO test comes in.
MPO levels rise in the presence of a severe arterial blockage. The MPO blood test indicates possibility of heart attack as well as the need to correct a severe blockage, over the next one to six month period. Unfortunately, the MPO test is not yet universal, but is expected to gain momentum in hospitals nationwide.
I’m a certified personal trainer and nutrition expert, and here are some tips for keeping your ticker healthy:
#1. Don’t read the front of a food package (box, bag, can) to check for ingredients. Instead, turn it around and read the actual ingredients list.
If the word “hydrogenated” is there, don’t buy the product; this means it contains trans fats (which are very bad for the heart), even though the front of the package may say “Zero Trans Fats.”
This industry trick is permissible because the FDA allows the manufacturer to claim “No Trans Fats” if the serving size on the nutrition label is small enough to contain less than one gram of trans fats! This is why the listed “serving size” is often so very small!
#2. Do intense exercise several times a week. Intense exercise raises HDL (good) cholesterol.
#3. Restrict sugar intake. Unused sugar goes to the liver where it’s converted to fat, and much of this fat ends up in the abdominal region. Excess belly fat is a risk factor for clogged arteries, type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance, the later two being additional risk factors for heart attacks.
#4. Never assume you’re safe from a heart attack just because there’s no family history! Absence of family history never offsets the presence of other risk factors for heart disease!