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    Print out this list to keep track of tests and procedures you need after the age of 40 and take it with you to your next doctor's appointment. continued...

    Heart disease screening:

    Procedure/test: What it does: Starting at age: How often: Date performed/results:
    Blood cholesterol test Measures amount of total cholesterol, "bad" LDL, and "good" HDL cholesterol circulating in the blood. Levels of triglycerides, another blood fat, are also usually checked. 20 Every 5 years, or at your doctor's discretion
    Blood pressure check Measures blood pressure, an indicator of heart risk 18 At least every other year, more often if above normal
    Fasting plasma glucose Measures blood sugar, an indicator of diabetes risk

    45, or younger if you are overweight with BMI> 25kg/m2

    and have other risk factors such as hypertension or high cholesterol

    Every three years if in normal range, or at your doctor's discretion

    Bone Health:

    Procedure/test: What it does: Starting at age: How often: Date performed/results:
    Bone mineral density test Used as an indicator of bone strength and osteoporosis risk 65, or earlier for women with previous fragility fractures; a family history of osteoporosis; on medications that cause bone loss; or have problems with calcium absorption At your doctor's discretion

    Sexual Health:

    If you are sexually active and have a higher risk for STDs, get tests for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis yearly. Take an HIV test at least once, more frequently if you’re at risk.


    Procedure/test: What it does: Starting at age: How often: Date performed/results:
    Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Td/Tdap) booster Restores protection against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) infection Varies. Recommended in the third trimester of pregnancy. One dose of Tdap as a booster, and then a Td booster every 10 years
    Pneumonia vaccine Provides lifelong protection against pneumonia 65 or earlier in people with risk factors, such as heart failure, lung disease, alcoholism, and others Two shots if given at age 65 or later. May need to be repeated in people who have certain medical conditions who received it before the age of 65
    Influenza vaccine Provides protection against common influenza strains Everyone 6 months of age and older Yearly

    Zostavax To help protect against herpes zoster, or shingles 60 One dose

    NOTE: Guidelines for screening vary. This is a compilation of generally accepted major screening recommendations from national health organizations and experts, but it is by no means comprehensive or a substitute for your doctor's advice.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson, MD on December 01, 2015
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