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Why would my doctor order this testing?

One of the great mysteries of cardiology is the fact that 50% of people with coronary artery disease have blood cholesterol levels similar to those of people who do not develop the disease. In fact, a recently published study of over 17,000 people with low LDL cholesterol levels showed that a surprising number of them still developed heart disease. In other words, the majority of people at risk of having a heart attack may be unaware of this risk and may not be taking appropriate preventative action. The stories of people surprised by sudden heart attacks are becoming more common and it is perplexing that these patients had not been identified as at risk for heart disease. Obviously, today's routine cholesterol tests are failing to identify the majority of people who are at risk for heart attacks. The limited focus of these tests on "good" and "bad" cholesterol is simply not good enough when it comes to identifying individuals at risk.

Fortunately, the prevention of coronary artery disease has taken a big step forward. We offer tests that can detect inherited abnormalities that are beyond the reach of conventional HDL and LDL analysis. For the first time, a comprehensive panel of tests can be run that helps doctors to personalize treatment that halts and in some cases reverses the progression of heart disease. Patients also may have access to the 4myheart Program for cardiovascular disease risk reduction at no additional cost or obligation. 

How do I know if an advanced cardiovascular test is appropriate for me?
If you have had two or more of the following, testing could be considered:
  • Heart disease or a heart attack (This counts as two)
  • Diabetes (This counts as two)
  • Family history of either heart disease or a heart attack before the age of 55
  • Total cholesterol > 200 mg/dL
  • LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) > 130 mg/dL, or 
    LDL cholesterol > 100 mg/dL if you have had a heart attack
  • Triglycerides > 150 mg/dL
  • HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol) < 40 mg/dL
  • Systolic blood pressure (the top number) > 140 mmHg
  • Diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) > 90 mmHg
  • Obesity
  • Cigarette smoker
  • Physical inactivity
What if my doctor does not know about these tests?
Please direct your doctor to Quest Diagnostics Customer Service at 866-MyQUEST and a representative can provide assistance.