Screening for Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
- Cholesterol—Your total cholesterol should be checked every five years once you reach the age of 20. Your doctor may recommend more frequent testing if you have high LDL cholesterol or trigycerides, low HDL cholesterol, or other factors that increase your risk of heart disease.
- Blood glucose—Once you reach the age of 45, your blood glucose should be checked every three years. Blood glucose testing screens for diabetes.
Screening Tests for High Risk Populations
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- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO
- Review Date: 09/2013 -
- Update Date: 00/12/2014 -
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