A comprehensive guide to testing, medical imaging and other health and illness prevention-related services. Click on the screening category to learn more about these services, individual tests & screening items
There are a variety of tests which can help understand one’s heart or cardiac health. Depending on the health check plan, testing may include resting or exercise ECG and / or blood tests to measure for signs or risk of cardiovascular disease.
Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) is an enzyme that assists the process of converting sugar into energy for cells to use. LDH is present in all cells of the body with highest concentrations in the heart, liver, pancreas, kidneys, skeletal muscle, lungs, brain and blood cells. When illness or injury damages your cells, LDH may be released into the bloodstream, causing the level of LDH in your blood to rise. We include the LDH test in our health checks as part of our heart / cardiac screening.
C-reactive protein (CRP) is a protein produced by the liver and measures at heightened levels when there is inflammation in the body. Abnormal levels of CRP in the blood are a signal of inflammation-related diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or different types of infection. It is furthermore suggested that chronic ongoing levels of inflammation in the body can lead to other health concerns such as heart disease.
Creatine phosphokinase (CPK) is an enzyme in the body, primarily found in the heart, brain, and skeletal muscle. The test is carried out to assess damage to tissue in the brain, muscle or heart. Where there is tissue damage, creatine phosphokinase leaks from tissue into the blood. This test can diagnose damage to the heart, as well as other muscle damage and dystrophy.