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What Screening Tests Do I Need to Stay Heart Healthy?

To stay heart healthy, it's important to keep track of your numbers by getting screened regularly.

If you're an adult age 20 or older, use this table (approved by the American Heart Association) to keep track of which tests you should have done and how often. After your screenings, talk to your doctor about your numbers.

RECOMMENDED SCREENING HOW OFTEN? STARTING WHEN?
Blood pressure Each regular health care visit or at least once every 2 years if blood pressure is less than 120/80 mm Hg Age 20
Cholesterol
("fasting lipoprotein profile" to measure total, HDL and LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides)
Every 5 years for normal-risk people; more often if any of the following apply to you:
• Total cholesterol above 200 mg/dL
• You are a man over age 45 or a woman over age 50
• Your HDL (good) cholesterol is less than 40 mg/dL (if you're a man) or less than 50 mg/dL (if you're a woman)
• You have other risk factors for heart disease and stroke
Age 20
Weight ( body mass index) Each regular health care visit Age 20
Waist circumference As needed to help evaluate cardiovascular risk Age 20
Blood glucose test Every 3 years Age 45

Above content provided by the American Heart Association in partnership with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.

Posted September 2010

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General Medicine and Primary Care
Department of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Carl J. Shapiro Clinical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
617-754-9600

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