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19 Medical Tests Everyone Needs

Health Logo By Hallie Levine and Amanda Gengler of Health | Slide 1 of 24: Let's face it: Your to-do list is packed?and little things like your annual gyno checkup easily fall to the bottom. But the truth is you do need a handful of basic tests every year, and they reap rich rewards. "So many diseases, such as hypertension and diabetes, are symptomless in the early stages, when they can be easily caught and controlled," says Nieca Goldberg, MD, director of the NYU Women's Heart Center. Even better: Your health insurance may cover a lot of this essential preventive care with no out-of-pocket costs for you. In addition to seeing your gynecologist once a year for a well-woman visit and your primary care doctor every two or three years for a physical, pencil in these key screenings.

Screenings 101

Let's face it: Your to-do list is packed?and little things like your annual gyno checkup easily fall to the bottom. But the truth is you do need a handful of basic tests every year, and they reap rich rewards. "So many diseases, such as hypertension and diabetes, are symptomless in the early stages, when they can be easily caught and controlled," says Nieca Goldberg, MD, director of the NYU Women's Heart Center. Even better: Your health insurance may cover a lot of this essential preventive care with no out-of-pocket costs for you. In addition to seeing your gynecologist once a year for a well-woman visit and your primary care doctor every two or three years for a physical, pencil in these key screenings.

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