Women and Cardiovascular Disease
Cardiovascular disease is largely preventable, and simple blood tests can help assess a person’s risk. Blood tests commonly used in risk assessment of cardiovascular disease include:
- Apolipoprotein A1
- Apolipoprotein B
- HDL cholesterol
- LDL cholesterol
- Lipoprotein (a)
- Total cholesterol
- Troponin I
Reducing the burden of cardiovascular disease in women includes:
- Understanding risk factors
- Making rapid, accurate diagnoses when symptoms occur
- Implementing appropriate therapies
- Monitoring treatment
Laboratory diagnostic testing plays an integral role in helping care for women throughout the continuum of cardiovascular disease and of life.
Throughout a woman’s lifetime, there are a number of conditions and diseases that affect her differently, or to a greater extent, than men. Many of these conditions and diseases are interconnected, where the onset of one leads to a greater risk of developing another. With an enhanced understanding and focus on the unique healthcare needs of women, healthcare providers across the continuum of care can be better equipped to prevent, detect, and treat the most threatening diseases affecting their female patients throughout all stages of their lives.