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What test do I need to request for cardiac assessment (family history of heart disease)?

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There are many tests that can be done to check heart function. At a bare minimum you should have your blood pressure, cholesterol levels and heart rate checked. If you have symptoms of heart disease such as chest pain, pain on exertion or palpitations or if you have existing risk factors (in addition to family history other risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes) then your doctor may order any one of a number of tests such as an exercise stress test, electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, holter monitor and CT scan to name a few.

Sherry Torkos
Sherry Torkos is a pharmacist, author, certified fitness instructor, and health enthusiast who enjoys sharing her passion with others. Sherry graduated with honors from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1992. Since that time she has been practicing holistic pharmacy in the Niagara area. Her philosophy of practice is to integrate conventional and complementary therapies to optimize health and prevent disease. Sherry has won several national pharmacy awards for providing excellence in patient care. As a leading health expert, Sherry has delivered hundreds of lectures to medical professionals and the public. She is frequently interviewed on radio and TV talk shows throughout North America and abroad. Sherry has authored fourteen books & booklets, including The Glycemic Index Made Simple and Breaking the Age Barrier. Her most recent book, The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine has become a national best-seller. For more information, visit:

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