Top 9 Health Check Tests For Women

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WomanWomen are the pillar of any family. They contribute a lot to the society, her own house and of course to the nation. But when it comes to their own medical care, women – especially women under the age of forty – are shortchanging themselves.

Submitting ourselves in medical examinations even without manifestations of any signs and symptoms will help lessen the possibility of having unwanted diseases. As they say, prevention is always better than cure. Executive check ups (ideally done once a year) will provide early detection of health problems, giving us opportunity to prevent any awaiting severity. With much attention to the rising number of women subjected to hospitalization per year, being vigilant with our own health is a must. Here are the top 9 recommended medical tests for women this year.

  • BMI:

Who checks it? General Physician

Why should you take this test?  Extra weight has serious side effects. You should be weighed and measured. Your height and weight are in direct relation.

How often should you take the test? Every  year. If you are in the process of losing weight, weigh yourself at home, once every week, and once a month visit your physician to follow up on your progress.

  • Hearing Test:

Who checks it? Othologist or a specialized speech therapy pathologist

Why should you do this test? Saying,” please, repeat what you said” in conversations can be a real  problem for more than 12% of 20-30 years old people who have hearing problems.

How often should you take the test? Before you reach the age of 50, you should take the test once every 10 years.

  • Immunization Test:

Who checks it? General physician

Why should you take the test? As long as vaccines protect you from getting infected by different diseases, you assume that you are totally safe.

How often should you take the test? In your upcoming check-ups, have your vaccine card on you so your physician takes a look at it. Some vaccines start wearing off on their effects after a certain period of time, thus you might need a booster for example tetanus injection is necessary every 10 years once.

Facts: according to the National Association of  Infectious and Contagious Diseases, one eighth of the researches done on adults in USA reveal that they do not have enough time to get vaccination!!!

  • The Papanicolaou Test also called Pap smear:

Who checks it? Gynecologist

Why should you take this test? Taking samples from the cervix wall in a pelvic test is the best way to determine the condition of your cervix. Certain changes could be cancerous.

How often should you have the test? After the age of 21, you take regular examinations. According to the Specialist in USA universities, most women require frequent check ups, once every year. When you reach the age of 30, and after having consecutive negative test results, you can take the test every 3 years once.

  • Mammogram:

Who checks it? General physician

Why should you take the test? When testing, your physician will notice any changes (deformities) in your breasts, skin and nipples that would indicate cancer.

How often should you take the test?At least once every 3 years at ages 20 and 30. But if you should wish to have your breasts checked further, after the age of 40, test it once every year.

  • Skin Cancer Test:

Who checks it? General physician

Why should you take the test? Your doctor will determine whether the mole or warts that are on your skin, cancerous or not.

How often should you take the test? Once you notice a new mole and/ spots or even a change in the size of any of them, have yourself tested ASAP. If you notice spots on your skin after a sun bath or if you have a family history of skin cancer, do the test twice every year. If not, then have it once every year, taking this test to diagnose skin cancer is better than the physician’s first watch.

In fact, better care leads to longevity.

  • Blood Pressure:

Who check it? General physician

Why should you take the test? Higher blood pressure means higher chance at coronary and kidney diseases.

How often should you take the test? If your blood pressure is lower than 120 over 80, once every 2 years. If you have experience high blood pressure before, or if your doctor cautions you of getting a high blood pressure, frequently take your own bp at home. We highly recommend the wrist blood pressure devices.

Fact: in USA, almost 1/8 of women between the ages of 20 and 44 have high blood pressure due to the consumption of contraceptives, obesity, which makes them more prone to this disease.

  • Cholesterol Test:

Who checks it? General physician

Why should you take the test? High cholesterol means risk of having a coronary disease. Your cholesterol level should be below 200mg.

The bad cholesterol: below 100 mg and the good cholesterol 60 mg or more.

As for the triglycerides: they should be below 150 mg.

How often should you repeat the test? You should start after the age of 20 and run it at least once every 5 years.

  • EKG Test:

Who checks it? Cardiologist

Why should you do the test? EKG although a simple test, it is used to look for signs of any CAD (Coronary Artery Disease). Except in case of actively having a heart attack.

How often should you take the test? As part of your complete physical, by age 40, you should have an electrocardiogram (EKG) every year.

If you want to stay healthy, do these tests. But you should not forget to exercise, eat well and the right foods along with vitamins.

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  1. Terrell Rittenhouse says:

    Most people should aim for an LDL level below 130 mg/dL (3.4 mmol/L). If you have other risk factors for heart disease, your target LDL may be below 100 mg/dL (2.6 mmol/L). If you’re at very high risk of heart disease, you may need to aim for an LDL level below 70 mg/dL (1.8 mmol/L). In general, the lower your LDL cholesterol level is, the better. There is no evidence that really low LDL cholesterol levels are harmful.

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