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Be Heart Smart. Get Your Heart Screened.

Heart disease (a catchall term including heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases) is the number one killer in the United States, killing hundreds of thousands of us every year. Many Americans have gone their entire lives without knowing their risk of heart disease and without changing their behavior to manage it. Family Physicians Group, and really the entire medical community, would like to change that.

We want every patient to be "heart smart" - to get their screenings regularly and to speak with their doctors regarding their concerns. The American Heart Association produced this helpful chart outlining which heart related preventing screenings you should be getting and when:

Recommended Schedule for Screening Tests
Recommended Screenings How Often? Starting when?
Blood pressure Each regular healthcare visit or at least once every 2 years if blood pressure is less than 120/80 mm Hg Age 20
Cholesterol (“fasting lipoprotein profile” to measure total, HDL and LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides) Every 4-6 years for normal-risk people; more often if any you have elevated risk for heart disease and stroke Age 20
Weight / Body Mass Index (BMI) During your regular healthcare visit Age 20
Waist circumference As needed to help evaluate cardiovascular risk. This is a supplemental measurement if your BMI is greater than or equal to 25 kg/m2. Age 20
Blood glucose test At least every 3 years Age 45
Discuss smoking, physical activity, diet Each regular healthcare visit Age 20

These screenings are suggested for everyone at the ages spelled out above. But what if you're still not convinced that you need to begin screening your heart health? Take this quick and simple Heart Disease Risk Calculator, provided by the Mayo Clinic. The calculator will ask you for some basic information about you, your background and medical history. Based on the answers you provide, it will provide your risk for heart disease and what you can do to reduce that risk.

Don't Delay. Get an Appointment, Today.

If you’re experiencing heart symptoms you can’t explain, or if you want to talk to your FPG provider heart's health, schedule an appointment with us today.

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