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Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

According to the Centers for Disease Control, “cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke. This equals 2,200 deaths per day.
50-60% of people who have a cardiovascular event (heart attack, stroke, or sudden death) have been previously classified as low to intermediate risk by traditional risk factors like family history, cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, among others. Many people who suffer a heart attack have “normal” cholesterol levels, eat healthy, exercise and have no significant family history of heart disease.
How can we affect these dismal statistics? The Cenegenics Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program (HDSP) is the place to start.

What is HDSP?

HDSP is an extension of the Elite Health Evaluation. It more accurately defines your risk for cardiovascular disease so you can take steps to dramatically lower your risk of heart attack and stroke. Already included in the Elite Health evaluation is CIMT.
Cenegenics has partnered with Berkeley Heart Labs as well as Cleveland Heart Labs to test for:
Genetic markers – looking at inherited factors you may not be aware of that can significantly increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.
Advanced cholesterol panels – because it’s not as simple as “good” and “bad” cholesterol.
Inflammatory markers that can go unrecognized but dramatically increase your risk for cardiovascular events.

Telomere Measurement

Telomeres are the ends of chromosomes somewhat like the plastic tips on shoelaces. They protect the ends of the chromosomes from damage. Each time a cell divides, it’s telomeres get shorter. Telomere shortening has been closely linked to the aging process and is involved in a variety of chronic diseases and conditions. The percentage of critically short telomeres, those primarily responsible for aging and age-related diseases, are felt to be the best indicator of biologic age.
Poor lifestyle factors—smoking, stress, excess body fat, lack of exercise—can accelerate telomere shortening over time.
“Telomere length measurements can provide valuable feedback on one’s disease risks and, potentially, the effects of lifestyle changes.”
-Dr. Elizabeth H. Blackburn, 2009 Nobel Laureate for telomere science

The Life Length® Telomere Test

Life Length is the world leader in and major provider of telomere testing for practitioners and researchers around the world. Cenegenics Elite Heath has partnered with Life Length to bring you the gold standard in telomere measurement: TAT – Telomere Analysis Technology. TAT is the only test in the world that can measure the percentage of short telomeres in individual cells. This percentage is the most relevant indicator of telomere dysfunction and cellular aging. Other telomere tests measure average telomere length and are much less useful clinically.
For additional information on telomeres, testing and therapies, see Protect Your Telomeres.