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Advanced Cardiovascular Disease Screening Test Package Overview

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death globally. Specifically, the average number of people dying from cardiovascular disease yearly is higher than all other diseases, including cancer (1). 

Due to the continuous change in living environment and lifestyle, the symptoms of cardiovascular disease are increasingly diverse and challenging to recognize from the early stages. Moreover, many signs are easily confused with other conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, etc., making the later treatment process complicated and risky. 

Understanding this, through the research and development of an advanced cardiovascular disease screening test package, Diag Laboratories creates one more solution to support the community in minimizing unwanted complications of this disease and proactively prevent to ensure the quality of life. 

  • Name of test package: Advanced Cardiovascular Disease Screening Test Package 
  • Price: 1.000.000 VND/pack

1. Test’s Purpose 

Actively conduct a comprehensive examination to an in-depth assessment of all cardiovascular problems of the test takers. Therefore, early assess the risk from difficult-to-recognize signs to propose effective prevention solutions or timely treatment in case the disease is found. 

2. Who Should Get Testing? 

Men and women of all ages, even postpartum, are at risk for this disease. In particular, high-risk people include the elderly, patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, high blood cholesterol levels, a family history of heart disease, high blood pressure, or maintaining an unhealthy lifestyle such as using alcohol or smoking, and sedentary. 

3. Common Symptoms 

Name of image: Follow common symptoms and periodic health check-ups twice a year for health care 

Following health status and noticeable signs will help screen proactively or prevent cardiovascular disease at the right time. In particular, people who are experiencing at least 2 of the following symptoms should be screened as soon as possible to avoid serious complications: 

  • Shortness of breath 

People with heart disease often experience shortness of breath on exertion, lying down, or going to sleep. 

  • Heaviness or tightness in the chest 

This is a common sign of heart disease. The patient feels angina in the area below the sternum. The pain usually lasts 10 minutes and repeats. In persistent chest pain, the patient must rest absolutely and quickly seek medical attention because this can signify a heart attack. 

  • Edema  

Swelling due to fluid retention is a characteristic sign for patients with heart failure. When blood out of the heart slows, blood returning to the heart through the veins becomes congested, causing fluid to build up in the tissues. The kidneys cannot excrete salt, and water also causes water retention in the tissues causing the patient to become edematous. 

  • Tired 

Unexplained fatigue often occurs when body parts do not get enough oxygen because the heart has a reduced ability to contract. If this happens often, we must check for heart problems as soon as possible. 

  • Persistent cough or wheezing 

Different from asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, coughs caused by heart disease are often dry or may have white or thick mucus, which may worsen when lying down or just getting out of bed. 

  • Anorexia 

Under the impact of congestive heart failure, fluid will accumulate in the liver or digestive system of the patient. As a result, the patient no longer has an appetite and eats less. If there are additional symptoms of fatigue to the point of not wanting to eat, the patient should see a cardiologist. 

  • Nocturia  

Frequent urination at night is an essential sign of heart failure. This happens due to the displacement of water that accumulates in the body, causing edema in many parts of the kidneys through the blood vessels. 

  • Heart arrhythmia 

The cause of tachycardia is to compensate for the reduced pumping function. Symptoms such as abnormal palpitations and hearing the heartbeat like palpitations need attention from the patient. 

  • Worried 

This is one of the common signs that you are suffering from heart failure but is often overlooked. Symptoms such as rapid breathing, irregular heartbeat, and sweaty palms are often confused with signs such as anxiety or stress. Therefore, if you or your loved one has been feeling anxious or insecure lately, plus one of the symptoms mentioned above, it is essential to get checked out as this could very well be a sign of heart failure. 

4. Frequency  

Healthcare experts recommend maintaining advanced cardiovascular screening at least twice a year. This activity should be carried out proactively and should not wait until the signs appear to minimize the complications caused by the disease. 

5. Details of Tests and Results Interpretation  

Name of image: Test results tell about your current health status 

  • Complete blood count: Hemoglobin, White blood cells, platelets. The results make it possible to know the infection status and dengue fever early, one of the pre-operative tests. 
  • D-dimer. This is a specialized biochemical test, often used to check for blood clots, venous thrombosis, or to screen for coagulopathy because this disease has symptoms similar to heart disease, for example, leg swelling, sudden shortness of breath, tachycardia, severe pain in the chest, etc. 
  • Cholesterol levels in the blood. This high index will increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis and stroke. 
  • HDL cholesterol levels. The concentration index reflects the high risk of cardiovascular diseases. 
  • LDL-cholesterol. It was only increased to reflect the risk of cardiovascular diseases. 
  • Triglycerides (the level of fat storage in the body). A high index is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. 
  • High-sensitive C-Reactive Protein (CRP) concentration. Low levels of CRP in the blood are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. 
  • Homocysteine. This index helps detect a deficiency of folate or vitamin B12, an indirect cause of cardiovascular diseases. 
  • HbA1c. This index measures the blood sugar levels attached to the body’s hemoglobin molecule over 3 months. Therefore, it helps early detect prediabetes or uncontrolled diabetes, a common type of complication of heart disease. 

6. Frequently Asked Questions  

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  • What is the difference between basic and advanced cardiovascular disease screening test packages? 

The advanced cardiovascular screening test package with an additional D-dimer test. Due to symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest tightness, and edema related to blood clotting problems and cardiovascular disease, the D-dimer test helps find the exact cause. Therefore, the doctor can make the most accurate diagnosis, allowing the patient to treat effectively. 

  • What should I pay attention to before taking a cardiovascular disease screening test package? 

To ensure the accuracy of the results, people taking the test must abstain from eating and drinking sweet and carbonated substances for about 8-12 hours before the test.

  • When can I come for the test? 

To provide the best testing service, eligible for all needs of patients, Diag Laboratories is open every day of the week, which: 

Mon-Sat: 5.30 am – 7 pm 

Sunday: 5.30 am – 12.00 am 

  • Where can I book a test? 

You can contact the hotline at 1900 1717 or visit the website www.diag.vn for consultation and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. 

Name of image: Diag Laboratories provides screening test packages to protect the heart health of Vietnamese people 

Diag Laboratories’ advanced cardiovascular disease screening test package is a solution to help accurately assess the status of each individual to contribute to the protection of cardiovascular health for Vietnamese people at a preferential price. Actively checking our cardiovascular health status allows us to reduce potential risks and enjoy life with assurance. 

Diag Laboratories – the leading medical diagnosis center for health integrity. 

(1): https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/cardiovascular-diseases-(cvds) 

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