Robinson MD’s Specialized Testing Options Brings Functional Medicine to the Tampa Bay Area
What Our Specialized Testing Options Include
Our specialized testing options for cancer screening include:
- Nutera: looks for residual cancer
- Sigmaterra: also looks for residual cancer
- EZRA: for patients over 50 or who have a history of family cancer
- Grail test: tests for over 50 cancers
When screening for cancer, we have an initial test, then perform a second test six months later to watch for any changes. For the best preventative care, you should get tested every year. You may find reoccurring cancer and be able to treat it before it spreads further.
Monitoring Heart Health
Along with screening for cancer, we also monitor your heart health. While most doctors, traditional or functional, will measure total cholesterol, LDL, HL, and triglycerides, we take it a step further with our specialized testing options. If you are genetically predisposed to certain markers, that can indicate you are at a higher risk for heart disease. With specialized testing, we can monitor these risks to start preventative care early and lower your risk for heart disease.
We locate and track these cardiac risk markers:
- Lipoprotein (a)
Also known as Lp(a), this is a low-density cholesterol (LDL) that can be common in families with a history of heart disease. High lipoprotein (a) levels can indicate a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, and other blood vessel diseases.
Another LDL, ApoB, causes atherosclerosis, which is plaque buildup in the arteries. This buildup leads to heart attacks and strokes. We measure ApoB lipoproteins to gauge your risk of heart disease by determining the amount of plaque-promoting lipoproteins.
When there is a deficiency of certain B vitamins like folate, B12, B2, and B6, or there is a deficiency of an enzyme called MTHFR, an amino acid called homocysteine can increase. When homocysteine elevates, it can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.
hs-CRP is a general marker of inflammation. When it’s elevated, it can be a risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
- sdLDL and oxLDL
Standing for small dense particles (sdLDL) and oxidized particles (ox-LDL), these LDL cholesterol subtypes are likely to cause plaque buildup in arteries.
- Diabetes risk markers
- Adrenal, thyroid, and reproductive hormones
- Vitamins and minerals
- Lipids and cardiac risk markers
- Blood Counts and iron levels
- Genetic Markers such as MTHFR and ApoE
- Stool testing for gut health
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