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How frequently should you get your heart checked?


With ever increasing pollution and stress levels, your heart needs all the more care and attention. Add to these erratic eating habits due to escalating work pressure, no time for exercising, and an unhealthy lifestyle thanks to swashbuckling advertisements from every junk food franchisee touting their offerings as ‘healthy’ – your heart may experience turbulence, literally, at any point in time. You very well know when your credit card bill and car servicing is due, but do you know when was your heart checkup due? Do you even care? Wouldn’t it be good to know what’s actually going deep within?


Most people are ignorant about their heart’s heath and make the mistake of assuming that they are in good health and do not need a heart checkup anytime soon. However, it is internationally recommended that men above the age of 35, and women above the age of 45, must undergo regular health checkups, including heart checkups, at least on an annual basis. Ideally, they should undergo such checkups every 6 months.


The American Heart Association recommends undergoing the following screenings along with their frequencies as early as 20 years of age. Though these might sound too early to, it’s always good to be aware of what’s going on within you:


Heart Screening

Age (years)


Blood Pressure


Every 2 years is less than 120/80 mm Hg



Fasting lipoprotein should be performed every 4-6 years for those deemed at normal risk. For those at high risk, adhere to you family doctor’s recommendations

Body Mass Index


Regular intervals – every 6 months

Blood Glucose


Every 3 years


The following things happen during a heart checkup:

  • Your doctor will check your blood pressure and take blood samples.
  • (S)he will inquire about your lifestyle and your family’s health history.
  • Your blood samples will be sent to the lab and the reports will be shared with you within the next couple of days.
  • You doctor will alert you of any abnormalities and deficiencies, and give you an action plan to help to set things straight.


Getting your heart checked frequently not only ensures that you are well aware of its health, but also allows you to plan for an emergency. It will be much easier and time saving for your family doctor to act in the event you have a heart attack or a stroke if (s)he is well informed of your family history and your heart’s health. And hence it is of paramount importance to be completely honest with your doctor about your complete lifestyle.


You spend a lot of time making a good life, it’s time you start doing something to ensure that you’re around long enough to enjoy it with your loved ones.


So what was the last time you had your heart checked?

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