Heart Screening Through the Years

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Taking preventative measures now — no matter your age — has the power to significantly reduce the risk of heart disease. If you are concerned about your heart or are at risk based on screening results, talk to your primary care physician about seeing an RWJBarnabas Health cardiologist.

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Plan for a Healthy Heart at All Stages of Life

Ages Birth to 17

Checkups

  • Visits at ages 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15 and 18 months.
  • Annual visits from ages 2 to 17, including a visit at age 30 months; screen for healthy weight.

Screening Tests

  • Obesity: Monitor starting at age 6.
  • Blood Pressure: Check annually age 3+.

Ages 18 to 39

Wellness Check

  • Check blood pressure.
  • Screen for healthy weight.
  • Assess overall health.

Screening Tests

  • Cholesterol: Check every 5 years.
  • Obesity: Monitor periodically throughout adulthood.
  • Blood Pressure: Check every 3 to 5 years (annual if risk factors).
  • Diabetes: Discuss with your provider; screen individuals ages 35 to 70 who are overweight.

Ages 40 to 49

Wellness Check

  • Check blood pressure.
  • Screen for healthy weight.
  • Assess overall health.

Screening Tests

  • Calcium Score: Depending on risk for heart disease (your MD will make this determination). If no risk, can consider this test in the next decade.
  • Cholesterol: Check every two years.
  • Obesity: Monitor periodically throughout adulthood.
  • Blood Pressure: Check annually.
  • Diabetes: Discuss with your provider; screen individuals ages 35–70 who are overweight.

Ages 50 to 74

Wellness Check

  • Check blood pressure.
  • Screen for healthy weight.
  • Assess overall health.

Screening Tests

  • Cholesterol: Check every one to two years.
  • Obesity: Monitor periodically throughout adulthood.
  • Blood Pressure: Check annually.
  • Diabetes: Discuss with your provider; screen individuals ages 35–70 who are overweight.

Ages 75 and Older

Wellness Check

  • Check blood pressure.
  • Screen for healthy weight.
  • Assess overall health.

Screening Tests

  • Cholesterol: Check yearly.
  • Obesity: Monitor periodically throughout adulthood.
  • Blood Pressure: Check annually.

Additional Heart Diagnostics | EKG, Stress Test, Calcium Scoring, CTFFR

These recommendations can change depending on your risk for heart disease, including family history.

Download Heart Screening PDF

For a referral call 888-724-7123 or request an appointment.

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