Symptoms of Heart Disease
Heart disease is a generic term that is used for different diseases that distresses the heart. As a matter of fact, according to a certain survey, heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in nations that are considered as ‘developed’, including the USA, Canada, England, and the like, killing one person in every 30 seconds in the USA alone.
Almost 30% of all deaths in the year 2014, are from heart disease. 15 people die everyday from Cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) in Singapore. This means that nearly 1 out of 3 deaths in Singapore, is due to heart disease or stroke.
Even though this is not good news at all, keeping track of your health by looking at some symptoms of heart disease will allow you to deal with this condition more effectively.
Fatigue or Lethargy
Fatigue is one of the more commonly known heart disease symptom. Fatigue refers to the incapability of the body to function or carry on at typical levels. Somnolence is another version of fatigue with which you crave for sleep, or falls asleep abruptly. While fatigue or lethargy may be considered as signs of a heart condition, the symptoms may also mean some minor disorders. Still, the best way in which you can find out further is by going through some tests that can detect potential heart issues.
This type of discomfort may be caused by several reasons. However, it is still considered as among the common symptoms of heart disease. At the same time, it should also never be ignored as something irrelevant. Discomfort in the chest is also referred to as Angina, which is characterized by a burning distressing, painful or squeezing sensation in the chest. It can be mistaken easily as upset stomach. Still, it is more serious and is considered as a vital symptom of a heart condition. If you notice that your chest starts to feel heavy, it is best to consult a physician, or go through one of our tests.
This is characterized by shortness of breath. This is a common symptom of a cardiac disorder. It is already a known fact that if you have a heart failure, most likely you will also experience breathlessness every time you lie or exert on your back. This symptom may also lead to disturbance in your sleep at night, abruptly waking up with a breathing problem. Other forms of heart issues include pericardial disease, coronary artery disease, as well as cardiac arrhythmias which may also lead to this condition. While these symptoms of heart disease may pose some dangers, they can still be managed accordingly as long as they are detected earlier. In order to keep track of your overall health, and get that peace of mind that you deserve, why not consider going through some tests that can help determine your heart condition?
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This test is used to gauge whether someone is suffering from folate or Vitamin B12 deficiency.
For people with a history of heart disease in the family in the absence of other risk factors such as being overweight or obese, high blood pressure or smoking; the test can be used in screening patients for stroke or heart attack.
CA 19.9 $67
Serum CA 19.9 levels are usually increased to about 80% among patients who are dealing with pancreatic cancer. They are also evident in 54-89% of patients with stomach cancer, while 65% for those who have colorectal cancer. From time to time, the serum level may also increase in benign conditions, such as acute and chronic pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease, cystic fibrosis, as well as hepatobillary tract disease. In benign disease, however, CA 19.9 generally does not go over 100U/ml.
HaemoglobinA1c, or HbAIc, is a diabetes marker, which may be used in long-term care monitoring for people who are suffering from diabetes. The level of HbA1c is directly proportional to the glucose level within the blood. It has been accepted widely as a determining factor that indicates the mean daily concentration of blood glucose throughout the preceding couple of months. According to recent studies, regular measurement and assessment of HbA1c results to the change in diabetes treatment, as well as the improvement of the metabolic control which is indicated with the lowering of the HbA1c valves.
CA 125 $67
This glycol protein is produced in several ovarian cancers. The levels of CA 125 that are above 335ng/ml have been detected in about 20-40% of patients who have State I and II ovarian cancers, as well as 96% of patients who have State III and IV of this disease. In less common situations, the levels can increase in patients who have cancers of the breast, gastrointestinal tract, endometrium, cervix, as well as the fallopian tube. The increase in levels may also be present in some benign conditions such as peritoneal inflammation and endometriosis. CA 125 is also helpful when it comes to monitoring individuals for treatment response and recurrence of tumour.
C-Reactive Protein $37
C-Reactive Protein (CRP) is a particular substance which is produced within the liver as a result of inflammation. CRP is also known as high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), as well as ultra-sensitive C-reactive protein (us-CRP). With a high CRP level in the blood, there is a possibility of having a condition which can cause inflammation, ranging from the possibility of an upper respiratory infection to more serious conditions such as cancer. Higher levels of CRP can also be an indication of an inflammation in the heart arteries, swelling of the tissues that line the joints and infection of a bone. This, in turn, may pose a higher risk for heart attack. However, it is important to keep in mind, that CRP is a nonspecific test which may be elevated with any type of inflammatory condition.
CA 15.3 $67
The test for CA 15.3 is considered as a marker of tumour. It is often used in checking how treatment for breast cancer works, looking for cancer that has recurred post treatment. If you are being diagnosed with cancer of the breast, you may go through this test. It is not used for measuring early stage of breast cancer since the levels of this type of protein are only rarely higher than the normal levels within this stage.
PSA is a substance produced within the prostate gland. It is also highly useful when it comes to the diagnosis of prostate cancer, including the monitoring for spreading and recurrence of tumour in patients. Generally, a little amount of PSA can be found in the blood. Increase in the levels of PSA may be caused by benign prostatic or even prostate cancer.
HIV Antibody $27
The antibody screening test is considered as the most common HIV test, looking into the antibodies that is produced by the body against HIV. It may be done on oral or blood fluid, but not saliva. Since the antibody levels in the oral fluid is relatively lower as in the blood, majority of blood-based tests discover the infection sooner right after being exposed compared to rapid HIV tests.