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5 Health Tests Men Need to Have Done


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Blood Pressure

If you are the competitive type and like a good challenge between friends, the one thing you don't want to score high on is your blood pressure. A blood pressure measurement tells you how much force is put on your arteries' walls when your heart sends blood pumping through your body. A high score, also known as hypertension, can lead to a variety of health care challenges. In fact, the National Center for Biotechnology Information cites the following examples of possible complications of high blood pressure:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Heart attack
  • Vision loss
  • Stroke
  • Brain damage
  • Blood vessel damage

Just how often should you have your blood pressure checked? The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recommends having it checked starting at 18 and then every two years thereafter [source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality].


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