Dr. Scherwitz tells women what heart tests they should ask for if they follow healthy lifestyles and do not have a family history of heart disease.
For a woman who is healthy and doesn’t have a family history of heart disease or other obvious risk factors, she should have a lipid panel which involves LDL and HDL cholesterol and if possible subtractions of the LDL cholesterol. She should have a look at blood glucose level, she should look at blood pressure levels, should look at c-reactive protein which is a measure of how much inflammation there is in the bloodstream which can affect the arteries of the heart and possibly homocysteine with elevated levels of homocysteine can be very damaging to the coronary arteries.
About Dr. Scherwitz, Ph.D.:
Larry W. Scherwitz, PhD, is a leader in the field of behavioral medicine research with 25 years experience in developing and testing approaches to managing chronic disease with lifestyle changes. Dr. Scherwitz has been on the faculty of various medical institutions including Baylor College of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco, California Pacific Medical Center, and the Preventive Medicine Research Institute. He worked at the research director with Dr. Dean Ornish to demonstrate that it is possible to reverse coronary heart disease with lifestyle changes including diet, exercise, stress management and social support. Dr. Scherwitz’ is often a keynote speaker at conferences and has published his research discoveries in an array of prestigious medical journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet, and Psychosomatic Medicine. Presently, Larry and his wife Deborah Kesten, MPH have a coaching practice to help clients lose weight as well as prevent, halt, and reverse heart disease. Larry also consults with clients to help them design studies to evaluate the efficacy of complementary and alternative practices.