Harvard Women's Health Watch

Making smart screening decisions: Part 3: Cardiac screening tests

Considering that about five times as many women will die from heart attacks than from breast cancer, cardiac screening should feature prominently on our list of health concerns. Screening EKGs or other routine imaging tests are not recommended for women who do not have heart disease risk factors, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, or smoking. Women who are at a higher risk for heart disease should visit a doctor to determine whether they need further testing.
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