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Day 3: Schedule a Heart Check

Check your heart. It’s important to know your numbers, including cholesterol, blood pressure and weight. Each one can have a major impact on your heart if not monitored. Making this a priority can make a long-term difference on your future health.

Why is it Important?

Screening can help lower your risk for heart disease. Taking this step gives you the opportunity to stay on top of your health and catch any signs of heart disease at an early stage.

How Often Should I Check My Heart?

  • Cholesterol: Starting at age 20, your doctor may ask you to take a blood test that measures total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol and HDL (good) cholesterol every four to six years.
  • Blood Pressure: Have your blood pressure taken during regular healthcare visits or at least once per year if blood pressure is less than 120/80 mm Hg.
  • Weight: During an annual check-up, ask the doctor to calculate your weight and body mass index (BMI) to tell whether or not you’re at a healthy body weight and composition.

If you're over 40, ask your doctor about an equation to help calculate your 10-year risk of experiencing cardiovascular disease or stroke. Family history of heart disease or other risk factors may require additional screenings.


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