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Do You Have a Primary Care Doc?

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Here’s a dirty secret from your resident health editor: for more than a decade, I didn’t go to a primary care doctor. I got yearly checkups from my ob/gyn and figured, since I was young and healthy, that was enough.

It’s a common practice among young women—but one that is putting our heart health at risk, I learned today at a Mayo Clinic-sponsored panel discussion of leading heart health experts.

Regular physicals are important, even if you feel fine, for detecting risk factors for heart disease like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Heart disease is the number one killer of women and even young, fit women are at risk.

I finally got myself a primary care doc a couple of years ago. Now, before my next visit, I’m going to print out this list of questions to ask about heart health from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.

Do you have a primary care doc on your health team?

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