EndoPAT (Endothelial Function Testing) Testing in St Louis, MO
EndoPAT testing is offered at Apollo Cardiology with Michael Twyman, MD. The EndoPAT is a noninvasive test to measure the amount of blood flow through the arteries and this allows us to determine if the artery is healthy. Call us today for more information and to schedule the test with Michael Twyman, MD.
How do you assess endothelial function?
At Apollo Cardiology, we use the EndoPAT test to assess endothelial function. The EndoPAT test non-invasively diagnoses and measures any endothelial damage that a patient may have in only 15 minutes! It works by placing your fingertip into the fitted EndoPAT device, which measures and records any volume changes in your finger’s arterial pulsations.
The EndoPAT test provides doctors to test endothelial function in a much less complicated way than has been the case in the past. Since most other endothelial function tests require more invasive and complicated methods, they often refrain from testing for endothelial function and rely more on symptomatic diagnoses. Tests such as the acetylcholine endothelial function or adenosine coronary flow reserve test involve administering the drug acetylcholine or adenosine into the arteries to measure the blood flow. In comparison, the EndoPAT test is reliable, easy to conduct, and non-invasive!
How do you improve endothelial function?
Improving endothelial function typically requires some combination of lifestyle changes and possibly supplemental or pharmacologic intervention. Lifestyle changes might include optimal sun exposure, more physical activity, healthy diet and meal plans, giving up smoking, and healthier ways of coping with anger or stress. As for supplements or pharmacologic interventions, there are plenty of options that often depend on the specific cause of the endothelial damage. Some of these may include:
- Beet root
- Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors: medications that widen or dilate blood vessels or arteries.
- Lipid-lowering medication, such as statins
What causes endothelial dysfunction?
There are many different causes of endothelial dysfunction, such as the following:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol or blood sugar levels
- Physical inactivity or lack of exercise
- Type 1 or type 2 diabetes
- Unhealthy diet
- Unmanaged stress or anger
- Lack of proper sun exposure
If you think you might suffer from endothelial dysfunction, do not hesitate to get checked out! Come to Apollo Cardiology for an EndoPAT test to assess your arterial health. To book an appointment with us, you can do so through our website or by giving us a call at (314) 266-7684. Our office is found on the 11th floor of the Pierre Laclede building on 7733 Forsyth Blvd in St. Louis, Missouri.