The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are administered to people without current symptoms, but who may be at high risk for certain diseases or conditions.
Screening is not done specifically for a heart attack, but your annual physical should provide an assessment of your heart attack risk. Assessment includes:
If you are at high risk for having a heart attack, your doctor may want further evaluation on a more frequent basis.
Heart-health screenings. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Heart-Health-Screenings_UCM_428687_Article.jsp#.VxE--02FMdU. Updated October 15, 2013. Accessed April 16, 2014.
Metabolic syndrome in adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T113812/Metabolic-syndrome-in-adults. Updated March 11, 2016. Accessed September 30, 2016.
Last reviewed March 2016 by Michael J. Fucci, DO
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