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Health tests you should never miss

Blood Pressure Test

  • Blood pressure is measured by a quick, painless test using a medical instrument called a sphygmomanometer.
  • Your doctor or another qualified health professional should check it at least once every two years
  • Normal blood pressure is 120/90
  • Elevated blood pressure (over 135/85) is a risk factor for heart disease.
  • High Blood pressure is (140/90)
  • If you have high blood pressure you should have it checked at least twice a year.
  • If you need to have your blood pressure checked frequently, ask you doctor about home blood pressure monitoring.

Cholesterol Check

  • High cholesterol increases your rest of heart disease
  • Ask for a breakdown of your HDL and LDL
  • Desirable — Less than 200 mg/dL
  • Borderline high risk — 200–239 mg/dL
  • High risk — 240 mg/dL and over

Pap Smear and Pelvic Exam

  • Pap smear and pelvic exam are used to detect cervical cancer, and abnormalities in the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries.

Blood-Sugar Test

  • Blood-sugar tests include several different tests that measure the amount of sugar in a person's blood.
  • Blood-sugar tests s are done either on an empty stomach, or after consuming a meal or pre measured glucose drink.
  • Blood-sugar tests are done primarily to diagnose and evaluate a person with diabetes.
  • There are several kinds of blood-sugar tests:
    • Fasting blood-sugar
      • Measures the amount of sugar in your blood after you fast for 8 hours.
      • Normal is between 70 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), and to 100 milligrams per deciliter.
      • If your doctor is going to do a fasting plasma glucose test, schedule it for first thing in the morning.
    • Random blood-sugar
      • Measures your blood sugar without considering the last time you ate a meal, snack or beverage containing calories.
      • Normal is less than 100 milligrams per deciliter.
    • 2-hour glucose tolerance test
      • Measures your body's response to sugar.
      • Normal is 140 milligrams per deciliter.
    • Glycated hemoglobin test
      • Reflects your average blood sugar level for the two- to three-month period before the test.
      • Used to determine how well you're managing your blood sugar if you have diabetes.

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