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Heart disease is complex. Quest Diagnostics is here to help guide you and your doctor through your heart health profile.

This checklist can help confirm your heart-risk status. If 2 or more of the following apply to you, you are a candidate for our advanced cardiovascular tests. Print and take the results to your next doctor visit to discuss next steps.

Factors Yes No
Do you have a history of heart disease or a heart attack? (This counts as 2.)    
Do you have any other cardiovascular disease (such as stroke, peripheral vascular disease, or vasculitis)?    
Do you have diabetes?    
Are you pre-diabetes, insulin resistant, or have any other metabolic disease?    
Do you have a family history of heart disease or a heart attack before the age of 55?    
Do you have a total cholesterol of more than 200 mg/dL?    
Do you have an LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) level of more than 130 mg/dL, or an LDL cholesterol of more than 100 mg/dL if you have had a heart attack?    
Is your triglycerides level more than 150 mg/dL?    
Is your HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) level less than 40 mg/dL?    
Is your systolic blood pressure (top number) more than 140 mmHg?    
Is your diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) more than 90 mmHg?    
Are you obese or overweight?    
Are you a cigarette smoker?    
Are you physically inactive? (insufficient physical activity can be defined as less than 30 minutes of moderate activity 5 times per week, or less than 20 minutes of vigorous activity 3 times per week, or equivalent.)    
Do you have a history of autoimmune or other inflammatory diseases?    
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Talk to your doctor about your risk factors and ask if there are other tests you should take for a more complete picture for your risks.

Diabetes is an important risk factor, marked by high levels of sugar in the blood. It is a major health concern because it can lead to heart disease, stroke, and other serious health problems. The good news is that diabetes can be treated and managed with diet, exercise, and medications.

There are small steps you can take today to lower your risk of heart disease and lead a healthier life

Eat a healthy diet
 
  • Eat one extra fruit or vegetable a day
  • Make breakfast count by eating whole grains and protein
  • Have a handful of nuts
  • Cut down on sugary drinks
Get to or stay at a healthy weight
 
  • Try to add more exercise to your day
  • Tone your muscles
Manage your stress
 
  • Take slow, deep breaths. It may help lower blood pressure
Stop smoking (if you do)

For more information about Quest Advanced Testing, your doctor can contact Quest Diagnostics Customer Service at 1.866.MyQUEST (1.866.697.8378) and a representative can help answer any questions and order a test.