5 Health Screenings Every Woman Should Have
In honor of National Women’s Health Week, RediClinic encourages routine health screenings for all women. These screenings help women keeps tabs on their health, and can help them avoid health problems, disease and costly medical bills in the future.
Here are the most important screenings every woman should have.
Blood Pressure Screening
About 71 million Americans have high blood pressure. Blood pressure is a vital window into your overall health. When blood pressure is high, your heart is stressed and you are more likely to experience heart attack and stroke. Under the latest guidelines from the American Heart Association, any patient with a reading of more than 130 over 80 is considered to have high blood pressure.
How often? Adults age 18 and older should be screened once a year if readings are normal. Those with high readings or who are taking medication to control hypertension should be tested every six months, or as recommended by their doctor.
More than one-third of American adults have excessively high levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol. LDL cholesterol contributes to fatty buildups that slowly narrow the walls of arteries and increase your risk for heart attack and stroke.
Blood Glucose Test
Blood glucose levels are used to evaluate the presence of diabetes, which may not cause apparent symptoms. The American Diabetes Association recommends screening for diabetes for anyone whose body mass index is above 25 or who has additional risk factors.
How often? All women over age 45 are advised to have a blood sugar screening. If results are normal, glucose screening should be done every three years after.
A Pap smear is a screening for cervical cancer, which is a leading cause of death from cancer for women worldwide. Early detection of cervical cancer increases a woman’s chance for survival.
How often? Women should have a Pap smear every three years starting at age 21.
A mammogram is a screening test for breast cancer, the second leading cause of death among women. Annual mammograms can detect cancer early, when it is most treatable.
How often? It is recommended that women age 40 and over have routine mammograms. Women with a family history of breast cancer should begin mammograms earlier as advised by their doctor.
Get Tested at RediClinic
Our board-certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants offer comprehensive routine testing, including blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose testing. Take charge of your health with a women’s health screening at your local RediClinic today. Make an online appointment.
*A well-woman’s visit should be conducted by your primary care doctor or gynecologist every year. Please schedule an appointment with your preferred provider in this specialty area.