February is American Heart Health Month, which is a good reminder that it’s time to check cardiovascular health to prevent or detect any possible health problems before they become serious. Whether you are reading this for yourself or a loved one, this blog will provide you with information on heart health screenings that are necessary to ensure your heart health is in check.
Health screenings are especially important for seniors, as age is a high-risk factor for many heart health complications.
We have put together a list of 5 vital health screenings to do during Heart Health Month or to check regularly throughout the year:
Blood pressure is one of the most important heart health screenings because if your blood pressure is high, it drastically increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, states the CDC. Fortunately, high blood pressure can be minimized by making some diet/lifestyle changes or medications are available if needed.
2. Cholesterol (Fasting Lipoprotein Profile)
Screening for cholesterol usually begins at age 20 and depending on your levels of LDL (bad) and HDL (good) cholesterol, you may need to be tested more frequently than others. Nonetheless, if you haven’t had your cholesterol levels checked in a while, heart health month is a good time to do so.
3. Body Weight
Obesity puts an individual at risk for many health issues but especially for heart disease, stroke, atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure and more. A doctor can calculate your BMI and prescribe a healthy diet and exercise regimen that works for you.
Adobe Care & Wellness has a team of dieticians and healthcare professionals who can help members with managing body weight and establishing a healthy regimen. We also host health clinics several times a year to educate our members on health issues and offer health screenings for preventative care.
4. Blood Glucose
High blood sugar can lead to type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance or prediabetes which also put you at risk for congestive heart failure, stroke, heart disease, atrial fibrillation, and more. If you have diabetes, your likelihood of heart disease or a stroke is twice as likely
5. Oral Health
Believe it or not, research is showing that taking care of your teeth has a lot more to do with your heart health than you might think. In fact, gum disease is linked to an increased risk of developing heart disease. Heart health is a good reason to maintain the 3 basic oral health habits: floss daily, brush at least twice a day, schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings
Heart health screenings are especially important if you have a family history of heart health issues or are otherwise high risk. Your healthcare provider will help determine what screenings you need and the frequency of your appointments.
Have you had any or all these 5 heart health screenings recently? If not, allow this to serve as a reminder to call your doctor and schedule them today.