9 Must-Have Health Tests for Womenby Lindsay Hutton
Hey mom, we know you're busy taking care of your family, but when was the last time you took the time to take care of yourself? Find out what health tests are most important, so you and your doctor can make sure you stay in tip-top shape for a long time to come.
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Cholesterol and Blood Pressure
High cholesterol and blood pressure can both be early indicators of heart disease. If you smoke, have a family history of high blood pressure or cholesterol, or diabetes, it is especially important to include these tests in your screenings.
A blood test can determine your LDL ("bad") cholesterol, and should be done starting in your 20's, and every year after if it is abnormal, or every five years if your reading is normal. Have your blood pressure checked every year if it's high, or every two years if it's at or below average.