Receive the Right Tests

When you visit your doctor, make sure you know what you are being tested for and why.  There is a large array of tests offered, but not all are necessary, especially for those without symptoms.  Cardiologists say the <a href="http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-heart-risk-20101115,0,2959536.story">most important tests</a> are for <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="HEPHC0000023" title="High Blood Pressure (INACTIVE)" href="/topic/health/high-blood-pressure-%28inactive%29-HEPHC0000023.topic">blood pressure</a> and cholesterol levels, and the most important information is whether the individual smokes, has <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="HEDAI0000022" title="Diabetes" href="/topic/health/diseases-illnesses/diabetes-HEDAI0000022.topic">diabetes</a>, and/or has a family history of poor heart health.  <a href="http://www.harthosp.org/FindAPhysician/default.aspx?view=detail&physicianID=918">Dr. Paul Thompson</a>, Chief of Cardiology at <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLCUL000160" title="Hartford Hospital" href="/topic/health/healthcare/hartford-hospital-PLCUL000160.topic">Hartford Hospital</a>, suggests people visit their doctor twice a year for blood pressure tests.

( Cloe Poisson, Hartford Courant / December 16, 2005 )

When you visit your doctor, make sure you know what you are being tested for and why. There is a large array of tests offered, but not all are necessary, especially for those without symptoms. Cardiologists say the most important tests are for blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and the most important information is whether the individual smokes, has diabetes, and/or has a family history of poor heart health. Dr. Paul Thompson, Chief of Cardiology at Hartford Hospital, suggests people visit their doctor twice a year for blood pressure tests.

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