Essential Health Tests Women Over 45 Don’t Realize They Need

heartIs my heart in good shape?

The older a women gets, the more likely she is to develop heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for women in their 40s through 60s.

Most heart attacks result from high blood pressure, so getting your blood pressure checked regularly is an important part of women’s preventive care. Portland doctors also recommend checking your cholesterol and blood sugar to identify potential problems that could lead to heart disease.

In addition to healthcare screenings, it’s helpful to have a conversation with your primary care physician about what risk factors you have for heart disease—such as poor nutrition, lack of exercise and smoking—and how to limit them. Some women in their 40s even begin taking a daily aspirin to help prevent heart attacks and strokes, but not all women should. If you have stomach ulcers or blood-clotting issues, your doctor may advise against it.