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Do I need special Heart Tests at my age?
Not necessarily. At a healthy age 80, you have already passed many of the hurdles of most of your contemporaries. If you came to my office, you would get a routine physical & history exam, during which I'd try to find anything specific to focus on. Most of this would become clear from your answer in the questionnaire.
These are some recommendations that your doctor will probably chose from:
MEN OVER 65 YEARS OLD:
- Height/weight measurements
- Blood pressure check
- Physical exam for cancers (skin, thyroid, lymph nodes, prostate and rectum)
- Stool sample check for blood
- Dental exam
Every 1-3 Years
- Thyroid hormone check
- Blood count
- Cholesterol check
- Blood sugar check
- PSA (prostate-specific antigen)
- Hearing check
- Vision and Glaucoma check
- Lab tests or urine sample
Every 3-5 Years
- Sigmoidoscopy for colon cancer
As an adult you should have the following shots:
- Influenza every year
- Tetanus booster at least every 10 years for lockjaw
- Pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine at age 65
Next, I'd recommend some routine blood tests, based on these recommendations (choosing from tests like Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), Fasting blood glucose, Cholesterol, PSA (prostate-specific antigen), a Chest X-ray, EKG and urinalysis. Some other screenings include routine tests such as a colonoscopy for people over the age of 50. Men should have annual prostate exams beginning at age 45.
Since you ask me this question and I am a (retired) cardiac surgeon, I'd suggest you answer this questionnaire to calculate your risk for heart disease and/or stroke (low, I suspect):
There should be no need for a stress test in the absence of any symptoms, but a cardiac ECHO might be useful to check that murmur. Older (even very healthy) patients may develop a condition called aortic stenosis and an ECHO of your heart will rule that out once and for all.
Your doctor should also discuss healthy life style routines with you, most of which I assume you already follow, focusing on diet and exercise:
Hope this helps,
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