Harvard Health Letter

Which tests do you need in 2016?

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Make sure you get your blood pressure measured at least once a year.
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Screenings for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer aren't always routine.

Resolved: This is the year you'll take control of your health. An easy way to start is by making an appointment for your annual physical or preventive care visit. You may also need to catch up on routine health screenings. "Screening for disease and early detection are essential to optimal health, and help to identify problems when they're more treatable and curable," says Dr. JoAnn Manson, chief of preventive medicine at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital.

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