Heart Disease Screenings

To stay heart healthy, it's important to keep track of your numbers by getting screened regularly. If you're an adult age 20 or older, use this table (approved by the American Heart Association) to keep track of which tests you should have done and how often:


How often?


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

Every 5 years for normal-risk people.
More often if:

  • Total cholesterol above 200 mg/dL
  • You're a man over 45 or woman over 50
  • Your HDL (good) cholesterol is less than 40 mg/dL (man) or less than 50 mg/dL (woman)
  • You have other risk factors for heart disease and stroke
Age 20


(body mass index)
Each regular healthcare visit Age 20
Waist circumference As needed to help evaluate risk Age 20
Blood glucose test Every 3 years Age 45

After your screenings, talk to your doctor about your numbers. Learn more about the healthy levels for blood pressure, cholesterol and other risk factors.