ATLAS FIVE encompasses all of ATLAS IV and builds upon it by including additional tests like the treadmill exercise test. The ATLAS FIVE boasts a further detailed health screening program that includes the following:
- An expanded lipid profile – Apo A1, Apo B and Apo B to A1 Ratio
This is known as a residual risk assessment. This assessment searches for other abnormal lipids in the blood which in turn facilitates further accuracy in the detection of possible lipid plaque burden in the coronary arteries. This expanded lipid profile is useful for adults that may potentially have higher risk of coronary artery disease.
- A treadmill exercise test (subject to prevailing Ministry of Health Guidelines1)
The treadmill exercise stress test is used to assess the function of heart and to look for significant coronary artery disease, exercise-induced abnormal heart rhythms, blood pressure response to exercise and cardiovascular fitness. Based on the Ministry of Health recommendations, the following individuals are recommended to take the treadmill exercise stress test1:
• Adults (males > 45 years old or females > 55 years old) who are planning to start on a moderate or high intensity exercise regime
• Adults experiencing chest pain
• Adults who possess high cardiovascular risk (e.g. 1st degree relative has suffered a heart attack before age 55 years (male) and 65 years (female) or possess multiple cardiovascular risk factors)
• Adults with an established history of diabetes (especially those >40 years for cardiovascular risk assessment or those planning to start moderate intensity exercise)
• Those with occupations requiring minimal fitness standards or whose jobs have a potential impact on public safety
- For individuals requiring a more comprehensive health screening program that includes a treadmill exercise test
- Suitable for overweight and obese individuals
1 The 2016 Ministry of Health Guidelines on the Provision of Electrocardiography Stress Testing.