Don't miss your annual screening

February 17, 2017

Taking an active role in your preventative health can be the key to preventing heart disease and managing your risk factors. One of the best preventative measures is an annual heart health check-up. Even if you don’t have a heart condition, it’s crucial to schedule and keep annual exam appointments with your primary care doctor. These annual check-ups provide a baseline of your health and help compare against future visits.

To make the most of your time with your doctor, ask your doctor about taking these screening tests:

  • Weight, waist size and body mass index
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Fasting blood glucose

Your doctor will discuss any concerns resulting from these screenings, and may suggest specific lifestyle changes or prescribe medication to help you manage a particular risk factor. In some cases your primary care doctor may refer you to a cardiologist for further testing and evaluation.