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Cardiovascular screening measures many of the functions of the cardiovascular system in order to determine if cardiovascular disease is present and also to evaluate risk factors that can contribute to cardiovascular health problems. It's an important assessment to have for any adult over age 20, and especially for older adults and anyone who has a family history of cardiovascular health problems like heart disease or atherosclerosis.
In addition to an overall assessment of your health risks and lifestyle factors like diet, exercise and whether or not your smoke, cardiovascular screening typically involves several tests and measurements, including:
High blood pressure, or hypertension, often has no symptoms, so regular measurements of your pressure are important for identifying this risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Healthy blood pressure is typically considered to be no higher than 120/80 mm Hg.
Cholesterol and triglycerides measurements
Both cholesterol and triglyceride levels can be used to determine the level of lipids, or fats, in your blood.
Blood glucose measurement
Glucose, or blood sugar, can determine if you're at an increased risk for insulin resistance or diabetes, both of which can significantly increase your risk of cardiovascular problems.
Body weight, BMI or waist circumference
If you're overweight, your risk of cardiovascular disease can be significantly increased. Studies have found waist circumference can also be related to your risk of heart disease.
The American Heart Association recommends screenings begin at age 20 for cholesterol and triglycerides tests, blood pressure and weight monitoring, and age 45 for blood glucose screening. Dr. Leitner will be able to provide you with additional guidance based on your age and other risk factors.
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