Cardio ION Profile

The Cardio ION is a combination of nutritional tests that gives a nutritional assessment and identifies risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Specifically, this nutritional test measures levels of fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, organic acids, and risk factors for CVD.

The Cardio ION nutritional test identifies modifiable risk factors for CVD, including:

  • Fatty acid imbalances which can lead to chronic inflammation. Current research finds levels of specific fatty acids to be strongly correlated to CVD.
  • High fibrinogen is associated with increased risk of clots and CVD
  • Homocysteine is an important risk factor for not only CVD, but stroke and dementia as well
  • Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is essential for proper mitochondrial function and energy use. It also acts as an antioxidant. Cardiac cells have high mitochondrial demand. Statins can decrease CoQ10 levels.
  • Fasting insulin is an indicator of insulin resistance. Hyperinsulinaemia has been associated with a cluster of CVD risk factors.
  • Insufficient antioxidant status is associated with increased oxidation. Oxidative damage is believed to play a role in heart and vascular disease by promoting inflammation.

The Cardio ION nutritional test can guide treatment of many conditions and symptoms, including:

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Immune Disorders
  • Mental/Emotional Disorders
  • Learning and Behavior Disorders
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
  • Inflammatory Conditions

Why Order the Cardio ION nutritional test?

An evaluation of standard lipid markers does not provide optimal assessment of risk. The Cardio ION nutritional test goes beyond conventional serum lipid markers! This nutritional test identifies critical CVD risk factors, including:

  • Testosterone
  • RBC Magnesium
  • EPA and DHA levels
  • CoQ10
  • Insulin
  • Fibrinogen
  • C-Reactive Protein
  • Homocysteine
  • Lipoprotein(a)
  • AA/EPA Ratio
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E (alpha tocopherol and gamma tocopherol)*

*Not available in New York

Test Type: Blood & Urine Test

Analyte List
11-Eicosenoic Acid
2-Methylhippurate
25-Hydroxyvitamin D, Total
25-Hydroxyvitamin D2
25-Hydroxyvitamin D3
3,4 Dihydroxyphenylpropionate
5-hydroxyindoleacetate
8-Hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine*
AA/EPA
Adipate
Alpha-Hydroxybutyrate
Alpha-Keto-Beta-Methylvalerate
Alpha-Ketoglutarate
Alpha-Ketoisocaproate
Alpha-Ketoisovalerate
Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA)
Aluminum
Arachidic Acid
Arachidonic Acid
Arginine
Arsenic
Asparagine
Aspartic Acid
Behenic Acid
Benzoate
Beta-Carotene
Beta-Hydroxybutyrate
Beta-Hydroxyisovalerate
Cadmium
Calcium
Capric Acid
Citrate
Citrulline
Coenzyme Q10
Copper
Creatinine
D-Arabinitol*
D-Lactate*
Dihomogamma Linolenic Acid (DGLA)
Direct LDL
Docasadienoic Acid
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)
Docosapentaenoic Acid
Docosatetraenoic Acid
EPA/DGLA
Eicosadienoic Acid
Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA)
Ethylmalonate
Ferritin
Fibrinogen*
Formiminoglutamate
Free androgen index (calc)
Fumarate
Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA)
Gamma Tocopherol*
Glucarate
Glutamic acid
Glutamic acid/Glutamine
Glutamine
Glycine
HDL cholesterol
Heneicosanoic Acid
Heptadecanoic Acid
Hexacosanoic Acid
Hippurate
Histidine
Homocysteine
Homvanillate
Hydroxymethylglutarate
Indican
Insulin
Isocitrate
Isoleucine
Kynurenate
L-Lactate*
LA/DGLA
Lauric Acid
Lead*
Leucine
Lignoceric Acid
Linoleic Acid
Lipid peroxides
Lipoprotein(a)
Lysine
Magnesium
Malate
Mead Acid
Mercury
Methionine
Methylmalonate
Myristic Acid
Myristoleic Acid
Nervonic Acid
Nonadecanoic Acid
Oleic Acid
Ornithine
Orotate
Palmitelaidic Acid
Palmitic Acid
Palmitoleic Acid
Pentadecanoic Acid
Phenylacetate
Phenylalanine
Phenylalanine/Tyrosine
Phenylpropionate
Picolinate*
Potassium
Pyroglutamate
Pyruvate
Quinolinate
RBC magnesium
Selenium
Serine
Sex hormone binding globulin
Stearic Acid
Stearic/Oleic
Suberate
Succinate
Sulfate
Taurine
Testosterone
Threonine
Total C:18 Trans
Total Cholesterol
Tricarballylate
Tricosanoic Acid
Triglycerides
Tryptophan
Tryptophan/LNAA (Large Neutral Amino Acids)
Tyrosine
Vaccenic Acid
Valine
Vanilmandelate
Vitamin A
Vitamin E
Xanthurenate
Zinc
c-Reactive protein (HS)
cis-Aconitate
d-Alpha Tocopherol
p-Hydroxybenzoate
p-Hydroxyphenylacetate
p-Hydroxyphenyllactate
CPT Codes  
Specimen Requirements
Serum, ~12 ml (4 tubes, ~3 ml each), frozen; Plasma, 2.5 - 3 ml, frozen; Whole Blood, room temperature; Overnight Urine, 12 ml, frozen