February is National Wear Red Day® & American Heart Month

According to American Heart Association women should have the minimum heart screenings below:

Recommended screenings : 

  • Blood pressure 

How often?   Each regular health care visit or at least once per year if blood pressure is less than 120/80 mm Hg.

  • Cholesterol (“fasting lipoprotein profile” to measure total, HDL and LDL cholesterol and triglycerides).

How often? Every 4-6 years for normal-risk adults; more often if you have elevated risk for heart disease and stroke.

  • Weight / body mass index (BMI) 

How often?  During your regular health care visit.

  • Waist circumference 

How often? As needed to help evaluate cardiovascular risk if your BMI is greater than or equal to 25 kg/m².

  • Blood glucose test

How often?   At least every 3 years.

  • Discuss smoking, physical activity, diet

How often?  Each regular health care visit.

In our office, we offer above screenings for heart health. All women should be evaluated for risks for heart disease.

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