Heart Related Screening Tests
Ask the Heart Expert
At what age should I start getting heart related screening tests?
Starting at age 20, normal, healthy adults should get checks of their blood pressure every two years, cholesterol every five years, body mass index (BMI) at every regular healthcare visit and waist circumference as needed, according to the American Heart Association. Starting at age 45, blood glucose also should be checked every three years.
If any of your results are abnormal, you may need to have them checked more frequently. Your doctor also may discuss other screening methods with you, depending on the risk factors you have for a heart attack.
OHSU offers a heart healthy screening package that includes a blood pressure check, waist circumference and BMI measurement, glucose test and risk factor assessment. To schedule your screening or set up a consultation, call OHSU’s Heart Disease Prevention Program at 503 494-1775.
Prevention Tip: Reduce Restaurant Portions You may have noticed that food portions in some restaurants are out of control, with meals being served on giant platters instead of on normal-sized plates. Although it can be tempting to eat every morsel, eating too many calories at meals can lead to weight gain and even problems with your blood pressure and cholesterol.
To control your portion sizes when eating out, ask your server to bring you a to-go box with your meal. Then, before you eat, put half of your meal in the box and set it aside. You’ll cut your calories in half, save money and have another meal for the next day. Plus, you won’t feel too full to take a brisk walk after dinner.
This Q&A does not constitute medical advice. For specific medical advice regarding testing, evaluation or diagnosis, consult your healthcare provider or a licensed healthcare professional.