If you are between 35- 69 years old, you may qualify! Please contact us at 1-866-414-7474 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The assessment centre and/or MR centre staff member will contact you to book an appointment. If you have not received a call yet within 2 weeks after submitting your questionnaires online please let us know by calling 1-866-414-7474 or email us at email@example.com.
The Alliance is not a substitute for a trip to the doctor’s office. However, the Alliance study provides you results that may help you in discussing your health options with your family doctor during your next visit.
With your heart health evaluation in hand, you may choose to incorporate lifestyle behavior changes of your liking to improve your cardiovascular risk profile. If there are any concerns you may want to share this information with your family doctor.
We advise participants to share their personal heart disease risk report with their family physician. This may help initiate further discussion during your next visits or check-ups. [Note that this is a score base report where the cholesterol result is based on the ApoB:A1 test, cholesterol results only provided for First Nations sites]
This result indicates a favorable heart health assessment! We advise you to continue making healthy lifestyle choices (e.g. healthy diets, regular exercise).
It takes us approximately 3 months to process your assessment value mainly because of the MR image processing time. However please do contact us if you haven’t heard back after 3 months or if you have any concerns. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-866-414-7474.
The cholesterol test in the Alliance Cohort is the ApoB/A1 ratio value, which is reported in your Personal Heart Disease Risk Assessment for First Nations sites only. Other participants may be able to access these results through tests done as part of the original cohort study. The ApoB/A1 ratio Cholesterol test is a strong indicator of the cholesterol balance between LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol) and the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Apo B is a component of the “bad” cholesterol and Apo A1 is a component of the “good” cholesterol. If your Apo B:A1 ratio result is less than 0.633 then you have no added risk and if it is greater than or equal to 0.984, you have a very high risk of developing heart disease.
Other traditional tests, including the total cholesterol and HDL/LDL cholesterol tests, are not conducted in the Alliance Cohort. They require fasting prior to performing the tests. Furthermore, several studies now show that the ApoB/A1 ratio may be a better heart disease risk predictor than the traditional cholesterol tests.
If you would like to have these traditional cholesterol tests done, we would advise you to contact your family doctor. If you have any other questions regarding your ApoB:A1 ratio test or your other results, we would be happy to answer them.