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December 14, 2007

15 Tests Every Woman Needs

The smartest way to take control of your health is to get these lifesaving tests on schedule.

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Heart Health

BLOOD PRESSURE
What Age: 20s, 30s, 40s, 50+
How Often: At least every two years.
Details: Get checked by your doc. Over-the-counter wrist and finger monitors aren’t the most accurate for diagnosing high blood pressure.

CHOLESTEROL
What Age: 20s, 30s, 40s, 50+
How Often: Blood test every five years if normal, more frequently if not.
Details: Get total cholesterol number and HDL, LDL, and triglycerides.

Eyes, Teeth

EYE EXAM
What Age: 20s, 30s, 40s, 50+
How Often: Every two to three years if normal; every one to two years after age 40.
Details: Not just for eyeglasses; checks if you’re at risk for cataracts, glaucoma, or macular degeneration. Can also reveal increased pressure in the brain, caused by bleeding, tumors and more.

TEETH
What Age: 20s, 30s, 40s, 50+
How Often: One to two times a year.
Details: Exam is about more than cavities. Dentists check for oral cancer and gum disease (which can be a harbinger of heart disease and pregnancy problems).


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